FYI Miami: December 21, 2017
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BOMB DETECTION AT AIRPORT: A new 60,000-square-foot building at Miami International Airport will accommodate a federally required electronic detection system to detect explosives in baggage for the airport’s south and central terminals. County commissioners approved on a 12-0 vote an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation under which the transportation department will send the county half the cost of the $24-million-plus building as part of the $38-million-plus project. The federal department is to add $6.725 million over the next three years. The county Aviation Department is to provide $19.4 million of the cost. The system will serve the airport’s concourses F, G, H and J.
CALLING ALL CONTRACTORS: The City of Coral Gables, which received county approval in July 2016 to lower the posted speed limit to 25 miles per hour on residential local roads the city maintains, is still in the process of finding a contractor to install 158 signs at all city entrances after seeking bidders Nov. 2., “We have not awarded a contract yet,” said Jessica Keller, assistant public works director for the city. “We put out an advertisement of solicitation on Nov. 2. We are hoping to award a contract soon and are looking forward to installing the 25 miles per hour signs sometime early next year.”
PARKING APP POPULARITY: The Miami Parking Authority reports continued big numbers for use of online service PayByPhone to pay for parking. Authority COO Alejandra Argudin told the city’s Off-Street Parking Board that for the past three months an average of 80% of all on-street revenue came from PayByPhone use. The agency had set a goal of 80% use by October 2017 but that level was reached in July. Fueling use and new customers is the authority taking control of parking at several Miami-Dade County parks, and some city parks. Ms. Argudin said the new goal is to see usage grow beyond 80% by February.
PARKS GROUP STILL SHORT: The Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee, which enables local citizens to make recommendations to improve and promote parks and programs in Miami-Dade, is still looking to fill 10 of 26 of its county commission-appointed seats after the commission agreed to continue the committee eight months ago. “The county commission-appointed seats have not been filled yet,” said Victoria Galan, a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. “It takes time to find someone who is interested in filling the position. Right now because of the holiday season it is a little slower than normal but we are hoping to fill the county commission-appointed seats soon.”