FYI Miami: March 29, 2018
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HOTELS ON TOP: Greater Miami hotels increased revenue per available room by 17.2% and the average daily room rate by 12.1% in February, leading the nation’s largest 25 hotel markets in both categories, according to STR, which monitors hotels across the nation. Revenue per available room rose to $226.19 in February from $193.02 in February 2017, STR found, while the average daily room rate hit $260.17, up from $232.02. At the same time, occupancy rose 4.5% to 86.9% from 83.2% and the number of room nights sold rose 4.2% to 1,336, 649. Total hotel rooms in the market, meanwhile, dipped 0.3% to 54,909.
MORE POLICE PATROLLING: The Omni area of the city of Miami will see added police coverage as part of a deal worked out through the Community Redevelopment Agency. City commissioners have accepted a $500,000 grant from the Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency to underwrite costs associated with enhanced police services within the Omni Redevelopment Area. Police Chief Jorge Colina told commissioners the money will cover overtime wages, allowing officers who already know and work in the neighborhood to provide added coverage. It won’t be used to hire more officers. The enhanced services will include increased patrols, special operations, traffic details, club checks, criminal sweeps, prostitution details, and undercover narcotics details to address quality of life issues in the community redevelopment area.
COUNTY CRIME CAMERAS: Miami-Dade County Police Director Juan Perez said the department will soon consider installing cameras to monitor high-crime areas after Commissioner Javier Souto inquired about county-wide safety at the Public Safety and Health Committee meeting this month. Mr. Perez said the county already has a real-time crime center the police department can tap into to see video feed at government buildings, parks and other public areas. “Moving into the future, we would install cameras to monitor high-crime areas,” Mr. Perez said. He made sure to note that the county would inform the community beforehand: “We would put notices so people know the cameras are there and we are monitoring those areas.”
CHINA TRADE SEMINAR: A group promoting trade with China is offering an investment seminar with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce on April 6. The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangdong Committee is presenting the “Guangdong–Miami Investment Seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave. Registration is at www.MiamiChamber.com. Guangdong, in southern China, is the nation’s largest province, with a population exceeding 108 million.