FYI Miami: November 30, 2017
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CRIME DROP CONTINUES: Crimes reported to Miami-Dade police in the first 10 months of 2017 have declined in general and in most categories, a report released Monday shows. Overall crime is down 0.83%, from 34,619 reported crimes in the first 10 months of 2016 to 34,330 in the first 10 months of this year. Homicides have so far declined from 72 in the first 10 months of last year to 69 this year. The two categories where crimes have increased are forcible sex offenses, up 28.17% to 587 total crimes, and motor vehicle theft, up 9% to 2,943 stolen motor vehicles. The report lists only the most serious of crimes, known as part 1 crimes, and covers only those areas of the county that are policed by the Miami-Dade Police Department rather than city police departments.
STATE SEA LEVEL SURVEY: After four commissioners voted to have the state assess sea level rise and weather impacts this legislative session in the county’s legislative priority list, the Miami-Dade County Commission last week voted to urge the Florida Legislature to have a sea level impact projection published by the Department of Environmental Protection “before constructors may build structures in coastal areas,” the measure says. The legislation sponsored by Rebeca Sosa says the county is “one of the most climate-vulnerable areas of the country” and “at least 1.2 million Floridians are projected to live in coastal areas that will flood by 2100.”
COUNTY CONTRACT CLEANUP: Miami-Dade commissioners deferred last week for the second time the vote to renew the county’s janitorial contracts. The county has 31 prequalified contractors who service the 300 government buildings. The proposed five-year term would cost the county $92 million, or about $18 million each year. The commission delayed the vote earlier this month when Commissioner Joe Martinez told commissioners his cleaning lady only received $9 an hour, prompting commissioners to enforce the living wage for all county contracts. The commission is to vote on the janitorial contracts at the meeting Dec. 4.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOOST: The Miami-Dade County Commission voted last week to allocate 1% of the construction costs of each county government building to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The fund’s purpose is to “foster a housing supply accessible to a range of incomes in developments and disperse affordable housing units throughout the county,” the legislation says. The money must be used to “construct, acquire, rehabilitate or subsidize affordable housing.” The fund now has about $4 million.