FYI Miami: July 6, 2017
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AVIATION FIRM EXPANSION: A Dubai-based aviation company that now employs 20 people at its US headquarters in Miami-Dade County is looking to add 25 more and expand in a 4,200-square-foot facility in the county, but the company says it’s also looking at expanding in Houston instead. County commissioners are being asked today (7/6) to approve incentive funding of $3,000 per added job, with the county paying $15,000 of that and the state paying $60,000 under the Florida Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program. The request comes via the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, which keeps the names of such fund requests confidential.
CONSTRUCTION STARTS SLIDE: Construction starts continued their downward trend in South Florida in May, falling 5% to $669 million in value, Dodge Data & Analytics reported last week. For the year as a whole, construction starts for the three counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are off 10%, Dodge reported. But behind the negative figures, nonresidential construction alone showed a 35% jump in May, making the nonresidential gain for the year 26% in all. May residential construction was off 24% for the three-county area, part of a 29% drop so far in 2017.
BOOM BANG BOOM: A fireworks display is planned as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Gala to be held July 9 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. City commissioners on June 22 granted special permission for the discharge and display of fireworks. The pyrotechnics show is to begin 11:20 p.m. and conclude at 11:40 p.m. The 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is to take place at Marlins Park in East Little Havana on July 11. It is the 88th MLB All-Star Game.
WATCHFUL EYES: Miami’s Off-Street Parking Board has approved buying and installing security and surveillance cameras at Jackson Memorial Hospital North Lots for $18,869.15, with a 10% contingency. The Miami Parking Authority manages hospital parking; the hospital’s doctors and employees use the lots. Earlier, the board approved a $39,437.40 equipment buy from a company named Scheidt and Bachmann to segregate doctors’ parking. Security and surveillance cameras are part of those improvements, to help the authority’s command center view the entries and exit transactions and obtain license plate numbers if issues arise. The cameras were purchased from Security 101. Jackson is to reimburse the parking authority for both purchases.