FYI Miami: April 5, 2018
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FINANCIAL AID FOR ELDERLY: The Miami City Commission has authorized the allocation of grant funds from the District Four commissioner’s share of the city’s Anti-Poverty Initiative up to $100,000 to the non-profit Miami Foundation Inc. for the Elderly Assistance Relief Fund. The resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Manolo Reyes. A background memo says the foundation wants to continue its partnership with District Four for the Elderly Assistance Fund, a program open to persons 65 or older who live in District Four and have a household income at or below the city’s Community Development Low Income Limits. The program will provide $500 per applicant who qualifies under these guidelines that can be used to pay expenses directly related to hardships, basic needs or services they could otherwise not afford.
CITY COFFERS COUNTED: The City of Miami is looking at a budget surplus this fall, consistent with its financial principals. Chris Rose, director of the Office of Management and Budget, reported to the city commission a budget surplus of about $29 million. He explained that $17.4 million was carried over from the last fiscal year budget into the current budget and is earmarked for capital projects. “We are under-spending our budget,” said Mr. Rose. Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort asked which departments were under-spending, and Mr. Rose said the trend is across all departments.
CANCEL BUENA VISTA POST OFFICE: The Buena Vista community will soon need to post packages and buy stamps at a different U.S. Postal Service location. USPS plans to leave behind its site at 66 NE 39th St. to move nearby. Debra J. Fetterly, spokesperson for Alabama and South Florida, says USPS is losing its lease there, and her team is holding a public meeting to discuss options at 5:30 p.m. April 10 in the lobby of the Buena Vista site. Residents can write for 30 days after the public meeting to real estate specialist Sandra A. Rybicki, 7800 N Stemmons Freeway, Suite 400, Dallas TX 75247-4217 with comments and suggestions.
GAS GOING UP AND UP: Gas prices are guzzling drivers’ cash in Miami, where the cost of a gallon averages $2.69, up 6.9 cents from a week ago, 9.3 cents a gallon higher than a month ago and 27.7 cents a gallon higher than a year ago. And the increases aren’t over, according to GasBuddy, a tracking service that surveyed 1,690 Miami area gasoline outlets to get at the cost figures. “The national average finds itself mere days away from rising to the highest level seen in nearly 1,000 days, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for the tracking company. Gas prices average a bit lower elsewhere in Florida: $2.59 a gallon in Sarasota, $21.60 in Cape Coral and $2.62 in Naples.