FYI Miami: January 25, 2018
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FIFA BID SUBMITTED: On Tuesday, Miami-Dade commissioners supported the county’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup Soccer matches and events. Commissioner Rebeca Sosa thanked Mayor Carlos Giménez for negotiating the contract to protect county assets: “You said come to Miami-Dade County because you are going to have the best hotels, restaurants and weather, but you also made sure to protect our airport and everything else.” Mr. Giménez thanked county attorneys “for putting in countless hours on this very interesting proposal dealing with Swiss law” and for putting in all of the needed protections. “It’s a qualified bid because the requirements were absolutely untenable.”
OLE OLE FOR MIAMI: While Carlos Giménez, county mayor, has expressed skepticism about the legal aspects of the deal, several members of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority favor Miami’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. “The World Cup will place us on a different level,” said Alan Ojeda, authority board member and president of the Rilea Development Group. “We should dig into this.” More than 400,000 people are expected to attend, and millions will watch the games electronically. “The Convention & Visitors Bureau is very much interested,” said Alvin West, authority treasurer and visitors bureau senior vice president and chief financial officer. “We’re working on it and doing everything we can.”
MANA MYSTERY: The first section of the downtown Flagler Street renovation is complete, but the next section is temporarily on hold pending submission of ideas from Moishe Mana, a prominent developer who has invested heavily in Wynwood and on Flagler Street. “There is a proposal from Moishe Mana to redesign the street as fully pedestrian,” said downtown authority Vice Chair Neisen Kasdin, office-managing partner of Akerman LLP. He co-chairs the authority’s Flagler Street Task Force along with Brian Alonso, real estate investor and former principal of La Epoca Department Store. “We want to see the resulting design and the cost before we make a decision,” Mr. Kasdin said. The Mana team is expected to appear before a Jan. 29 task force meeting, said Patrice Gillespie Smith, authority senior manager of Planning, Design & Transportation. Mr. Mana is known to be reticent about sharing details of his plans.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: After years of delays, bids for fabricating signs for a downtown wayfinding program “are in and under verification,” said Alyce Robertson, authority executive director. The project aims to the reduce visual clutter downtown over more than 2,000 signs in the central business district and replace it with a unified wayfinding system that will identify areas of interest, places to park and other key details of getting around downtown.