FYI Miami: June 8, 2017
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MANAGING THE MASSES: Miami city commissioners have approved a contract for crowd management and parking personnel services for the Bayfront Park Management Trust, as needed, with Federal Tactics Security Inc. The contract is for two years, with the option to renew for two more two-year periods, at an estimated annual cost of $200,000. In December 2016 the city received eight bids. Three were deemed non-responsive. The remaining five were evaluated and tabulated. The procurement department recommended Federal Tactics Inc., the lowest responsive and responsive bidder. The Bayfront Park Management Trust operates and maintains city-owned Bayfront Park, with budgetary matters decided by the city commission.
TRANSIT FUNDS TO TRANSIT: Looking to fund six new county transit corridors, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Esteban L. Bovo Jr. is asking his Chairman’s Policy Council today (6/8) to approve his resolution that would sweep Metrorail station development revenues into the transit plan’s coffers. His resolution would shift any legally available funds from a long-term lease to Adler 13th Floor Douglas Station for the development of the Douglas Road Metrorail Station and from a long-term lease and development agreement from the South Miami Metrorail Station to the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit Plan. If the policy council approves, the measure would go to the full county commission July 6.
SAND FOR SUNNY ISLES: A plan to renourish Sunny Isles Beach with at least 100,000 cubic yards of sand is headed to county commissioners, Mayor Carlos Gimenez wrote them in a memo this week. Under work to begin in September, the sand would be hauled to the beach by truck in work that would take four to six months to complete. Initial sand would be placed along the most eroded sections of the beach, “with options for additional segments if funds are available,” the mayor wrote. The contract for the work is expected to be awarded at the end of July, the mayor said. The most-recent beach erosion project involving the county government concluded in March in key spots on Miami Beach. The Village of Key Biscayne also recently completed its own beach renourishment.
MILITARY MUSEUM STALLS: No progress has been made in opening the Miami Military Museum & Memorial near Zoo Miami, according to Executive Director Anthony Atwood, who has championed the museum since 2007. Dr. Atwood had been anticipating a summer 2017 opening after the state approved $1.5 million in funding for the project.