FYI Miami: January 11, 2018
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AIRPORT NOISE STUDIES: A Cincinnati firm would win two combined professional service agreements for five years for aviation acoustical and land use compatibility planning for Miami-Dade’s airports under a resolution that’s to come before the county commission’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee today (1/11). The contract award would go to Landrum & Brown Inc. for $501,250. Three firms applied, and a selection committee ranked Landrum & Brown second. Then a negotiations committee negotiated agreements with the top two firms in September and October and eventually recommended the Cincinnati firm. Work includes addressing airport and community land-use issues, monitoring aircraft noise, studying airspace flight track management, environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, studying aircraft noise abatement, noise compatibility studies, noise monitoring and studying wildlife hazard management.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE WOES: Only one of seven currency exchange firms that purchased county bidding documents made proposals to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department for seven currency exchange sites at Miami-International Airport, showing an industry in decline, county commissioners were told in being asked to approve a three-year lease for the sites with sole bidder LenLyn Ltd., doing business as ICE Currency Services USA. The agreement comes before the county’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee today (11/1) for a vote that would send the lease to the full county commission for final action. For the seven sites, the airport would get $608,000 minimum rent plus 6.3% on all transactions; 25% of gross sales on pre-paid phone cards; 15% of gross on all other services; 15% on travelers checks, money wires and credit card cash advances in collected fees; and 3% of online sales and bookings.
CRUISING IN: One of four new ships that Miami-based Carnival Corp. formally announced last week is to be based in Miami starting in September. The 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, the 26th ship for the Carnival Cruise Line, will be replacing its sister Vista-class ship, the Carnival Vista, which was launched in 2016 and will be moving to Galveston, TX, when the Horizon arrives here. The Horizon is to debut in April with a 13-day cruise from Barcelona, the first of four departures from that port. Then the ship takes a trans-Atlantic voyage from Barcelona to New York in May and stays there for Bermuda and Caribbean cruises from New York until it shifts to Miami for six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22 after a two-day cruise from Miami to Nassau Sept. 20-22.