FYI Miami: October 5, 2017
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HOW MUCH DUE? City of Miami officials want to find out if the sale of the Miami Marlins baseball team will result in some revenue to the city. The city commission last week approved a resolution directing the city’s independent auditor general to work with the Miami-Dade County administration to ascertain the appropriate percentage of the proceeds due to the city from the sale of the Miami Marlins L.P. The resolution says the city contracted with the county and the Marlins for the construction and operation of Marlins Park and related parking facilities on city-owned and in East Little Havana, the former site of the city-owned Orange Bowl stadium. Jeffrey Loria’s sale of the franchise for $1.2 billion to a group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter was approved by Major League Baseball owners and was to be concluded this week. The city’s resolution says the county and the city have a financial interest in the sale.
NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS: In January, Miami commissioners directed the city manager to prioritize development of a request for proposals to design and build a new police headquarters at the urging of Commissioner Francis Suarez, who noted the deteriorating police station at 400 NW Second Ave. Since then, police administrators have been evaluating many potential sites, including 81 city-owned parcels larger than 2 acres. At the commission’s Sept. 28 meeting, a police official said they’d settled on a perfect location, city-owned land at 150 NE 19th St., north of City of Miami Cemetery and near Fire Station No. 2. He said the department wanted approval from commissioners to request proposals to design a headquarters for that site. No vote occurred, as this was a discussion item. Commissioner Ken Russell said the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency is also interested in the site and he doesn’t know if it’s the “best spot” for a police station.
NEW NAME, NEW STRUCTURE: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has changed the name and format of what used to be known as its annual Goals Conference. Rechristened the Impact Conference, the event will be held May 31 to June 2, 2018, at the Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura. Annual goals that committees have been steadily working to develop will be announced, and there will be a board retreat for the executive committee. Details: (305) 350-7700.
HELPING HANDS: Chamber volunteers, along with those from Bank of America, Florida International University, Carnival Cruise Lines and Wells Fargo, will travel Friday (10/6) to Big Pine Key on a bus donated from Carnival Cruise Lines to help the Red Cross deliver essential supplies to residents of the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma. Space on the bus is limited. Interested volunteers should email Lshowers@miamichamber.com or call (305) 577-5433.