FYI Miami: February 1, 2018
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FULL TRANSIT REPORT: Miami-Dade commissioners last week directed Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office to examine the transit needs within all unincorporated areas of the county. Many incorporated cities supplement the county’s transit services with cheaper circulator buses, helping residents connect to county-run transportation. Unincorporated areas rely exclusively on the transit services that the county provides. Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s legislation initially only included her District 1, but was expanded to include all unincorporated areas. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava said she is excited about the study. “I look forward to collaborating with everyone on any and all last- and first-mile opportunities.”
GAS TAX TO FUND TRANSIT: While discussing Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr.’s plan to use Tax Increment Financing to help fund the SMART transportation corridors plan at the Chairman’s Policy Council in January, Commissioner Dennis Moss said he would be bringing forward a gas tax for approval. Mr. Moss said “some cities have implemented the additional two pennies for decades now, and in some cases their gas prices are lower than ours.” Both Broward and Palm Beach counties have taken advantage of the gas tax, he said, and “a discussion needs to be had because it creates the opportunity for another tool to help fully fund the SMART plan.”
ANOTHER TRAUMA CENTER?: A Florida House panel on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would clear a way for Kendall Regional Medical Center to operate a pediatric trauma center by allowing more trauma centers in Miami-Dade and Orlando. The bill would allow the Department of Health to grant seven trauma-center designations now being litigated or contested. Regulation of trauma centers in Florida is governed by laws regulating hospitals as well as rules by the Department of Health. Current law caps trauma centers at 44. The bill would eliminate the cap and define need based on population. The bill would allow a minimum of four trauma centers where population is greater than 2.5 million.
OLD COURTHOUSE PRESERVATION: Come September, Miami-Dade County’s Internal Services Department is to present proposals to commissioners on how to move forward with the old courthouse, which is to be reconstructed. At the Chairman’s Policy Council, Internal Services Director Tara Smith said the county will be looking for proposals on what to do with the old courthouse, gearing the process toward the historic preservation community: “It’s a special building and we expect significant interest.”