FYI Miami: January 18, 2018
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POWERFUL TAX CUT: Florida Power & Light said Tuesday that savings from the federal tax overhaul will allow it to avoid billing customers for the $1.3 billion cost of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma. FPL had initially planned to start billing customers in March for the restoration costs but put those plans on hold after Congress and President Donald Trump last month approved the overhaul, which cut corporate tax rates and made numerous other changes in the federal tax code. FPL said a 2016 agreement that set the utility’s base electric rates allowed it to “leverage” the tax savings to deal with Irma’s costs.
LET AUTHORITY DO IT: Miami-Dade County wants to hand the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority temporary control of Southwest 137th Avenue between Southwest Eighth and 26th streets so that the authority can widen 137th from four lanes to six, aligning it with the avenue’s configurations both north and south of that stretch. The expressway authority has agreed to procure workers and materials, finance the widening, and design and construct the segment, which is a county priority in its 2040 long-range transportation plan that the county has not funded. The project, the county says, “will also correct an operational deficiency at the intersection of Southwest 137th Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street, which causes severe traffic congestion for southbound traffic during peak hours.” The county’s Transportation and Public Workd Committee is to consider the issue this week.
CENTRALIZED GROVE VALET: Parking customers now can use a centralized valet program at one of five locations in the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District that opened this week. Parking is $5 daytimes, $8 after 6 p.m. Special event rates will be flexible. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. or until the last car leaves Thursday-Saturday. The valet stands are at 3176 Commodore Plaza, 3067 Grand Ave., 2820 McFarlane Road, 1958 Main Highway and 2901 Florida Ave. The Miami Parking Authority “has established the centralized valet parking program in Coconut Grove to support customers, merchants and visitors,” said Authority CEO Art Noriega. Details: (305) 373-6789, Ext. 289, or www.miamiparking.com.
RED LIGHT TO GO: The Miami City Commission may have voted to end the red light camera program back on Dec. 14, but the program will remain in effect until at least Feb. 26, according to city officials, and will function as normal. Those who receive a ticket can pay through American Traffic Solutions or appeal through the Hearing Boards process. Details: the Red Light Camera Violation Hearings, (305) 416-1400.