FYI Miami: November 16, 2017
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MARLINS SCORECARD: Miami-Dade commissioners passed without comment last week legislation by Sally Heyman instructing Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office to “obtain a comprehensive report on the status of all Miami Marlins’ obligations under the Baseball Stadium Agreements.” In 2009, the county entered into agreements with the then-Florida Marlins over construction, management and operations of the new Marlins’ stadium. With the stadium now past its fifth anniversary and the team under new ownership, the mayor’s office is to provide a status report in 60 days that details which obligations have been met, remain unmet or are currently on-going.
NO CAMPING: Miami-Dade commissioners have amended the prohibition on overnight camping to ease the burden on law enforcement. All county property is off-limits for overnight camping to keep the space clean, intact and accessible to visitors, the legislation sponsored by Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. says. The prohibition previously offered all homeless persons in violation the chance to go to a homeless shelter, but the legislation says it’s burdensome on law enforcement and “meaningless when the homeless person is a sexual predator, sexual offender or otherwise ineligible to stay at homeless shelters.” The legislation was amended to deny sexual predators the opportunity to go to a homeless shelter if in violation of the overnight camping prohibition.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTS VETERAN: The Miami-Dade County School Board has elected Perla Tabares Hantman to serve for an unprecedented tenth time as chair. Ms. Tabares Hantman was the first Hispanic woman to serve as chair when she was elected in 1996. She then served another three terms from 1999-2001 and another five terms from 2010-2015. Ms. Tabares Hantman thanked the board members for electing her, saying “It is my privilege and pleasure to serve alongside you, the superintendent and his team in safeguarding the interests of the students, employees and families.”
FIGHTING FIRES TOGETHER: The Key Largo Fire Rescue District and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department entered into an agreement to provide “mutual aid during a catastrophic event,” legislation passed last week by Miami-Dade commissioners says. Commissioner Sally Heyman sponsored the resolution the Key Largo Fire District requested to help respond to extraordinary events. Miami-Dade’s Fire Chief Dave Downey will monitor the agreement to ensure that both parties receive the help outlined.