FYI Miami: December 28, 2017
Below are some of the FYIs in this week’s edition. The entire content of this week’s FYIs and Insider sections is available by subscription only. To subscribe click here.
CURIOUS COMMISSIONERS: After Miami-Dade commissioners delayed for a second time a decision on raising Mayor Carlos Giménez’s salary, commissioners are unsure what will happen next. When asked about the outcome of the mayor’s salary, Dennis Moss said he has “no idea” how it will play out but believes Mr. Giménez “deserves to be fully compensated.” The mayor elected to take half of his predecessor’s salary when he took office, taking only $150,000 annually to cut county costs and set an example for his employees. The item to discuss the board raising the mayor’s salary was sent to the Chairman’s Policy Council for consideration and will come back to the commissioners for approval. Daniella Levine Cava said “there is going to be an appetite to resolve it in the short term” but hopes there is a robust and qualitative discussion before any decision is made.
CHARGES TO CHARGE: Household electricity prices in the Miami area are up more than 10% from a year ago but continue to be well below the national average, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Area households paid an average of 11.9 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity in November, up from 10.8 cents in November 2016, the latest bureau statistics show. Still, what Miamians paid was 12.5% less than the nationwide average of 13.6 cents per kilowatt hour in November. The margin has narrowed from November 2016, when Miami households paid 17.6% less than the national average of 13.1 cents per kilowatt hour. Miami area electricity prices have been at least 11% below the US average for the past five years.
LOADING PASSENGERS: A new Johnnie Walker Store, the first in any airport, has opened near Gate D14 at Miami International Airport where a special bar will serve the company’s products before flights. The 1,134-square-foot store will also showcase Johnnie Walker products, offer customized labeling and engraving for products and offer a 500-bottle limited edition Scotch whisky created by Miami illustrator Ernesto Maranje, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Miami Edition showing the brand’s journey from Scotland to Miami with a series of hand-drawn illustrations. The bottle, on display now, goes on sale in March.
TARGETING TALLAHASSEE: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Tallahassee Fly-In mission from Jan. 9 to 11 to meet with key members of the state legislature, cabinet members and agency officials. Registration is $250 through December for members of the chamber, $300 starting Jan. 1. Details: Spencer Pylant, (305) 577-5421 or email@example.com.