FYI Miami: September 7, 2017
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CAUSEWAY PRICES TO RISE: Though the Rickenbacker Causeway is outside of her district, Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa asked about the projected price increases at the Government Operations Committee’s budget meeting last week. “Tolls affect every resident in every district,” Ms. Sosa said. In Mayor Carlos Giménez’s proposed budget for 2017-2018, the toll prices for the Rickenbacker and Venetian Causeways are to rise from $1.75 to $2.25 per vehicle. The Rickenbacker Causeway is to generate an additional $2.5 million, and the Venetian an additional $1 million from the 50-cent increases, the proposal said. “Fee adjustments are necessary for improvements,” said Jennifer Moon, budget director. Two hearings will be held in September before adoption of the budget where the commissioners will make final budget decisions, though the budget can be amended throughout the year.
AIR PASSENGERS DIP: Passengers flying through Miami International Airport have declined slightly in the first seven months of this year, latest figures from the county’s Aviation Department show. Overall air traffic for the year through July is down 0.72%, from 26,722,679 passengers last year to 26,530,423. International passenger traffic has risen 2.01% so far this year, but domestic passenger traffic is down 3.14%. Domestic passengers, at 13,719,254, still exceed international passengers, who totaled 12,811,169 in the first seven months. Meanwhile, freight tonnage gained 4.15% overall, including a 3.6% international growth and a 7.93% domestic growth.
IRELAND-MIAMI LINK: Aer Lingus and Miami-Dade officials last week celebrated the airline’s launch of three weekly flights between Dublin and Miami. It is the 22nd European route at Miami International Airport. Dublin also became the airport’s first pre-clearance trans-Atlantic destination, allowing passengers to receive US Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland and to arrive in Miami as domestic fliers.
NO NEW RULES HOVERING: Miami-Dade police say they’re just fine with not having a county ordinance to control the use of devices like Segways and Hoverboards. County commissioners in March 2016 requested the preparation of proposed regulations for operation of the electric personal mobility devices, but a recent memo from Mayor Carlos Giménez said police don’t propose new regulations, because state statutes cover what we need. State law allows the devices on roads where posted speed limits are 25 mph or less, on marked bike paths or wherever bikes are permitted, or on sidewalks if operators yield to pedestrians. But the mayor does note that Miami Beach, Delray Beach and Sanibel have nonetheless issued their own restrictions.