FYI Miami: June 21, 2018
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WORLD CUP IN MIAMI: Miami-Dade County residents will know by 2020 whether Hard Rock Stadium will stage matches in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, according to Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau President William D. Talbert III. “We could not have done this without the new stadium,” Mr. Talbert told county commissioners. “If we’re counting down, 2,918 days from today, Miami will hold its first World Cup match.” Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who sponsored the legislation supporting the county’s bid to be a host site, credited several groups and individuals, including Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. “Nothing happens because of one person,” she said. Because the county already has a proper stadium, major expenditures wouldn’t be necessary to host World Cup matches, said Mayor Carlos Giménez, who added he was confident Miami would host a semi-final match. “This has to be played in Miami,” Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz said. “I know with the leadership that’s in place right now, we should have many games and, for our citizens, it would mean so much.”
EL SALVADOR SISTER CITY: The Coral Gables Commission last week unanimously recommended that the city of Santa Tecla, El Salvador, be named a Sister City of Coral Gables. Santa Tecla is a municipality in the La Libertad Department. According to the City of Coral Gables International Affairs Coordinating Council, “common ties of mutual interest” exist between Santa Tecla and Coral Gables in the areas of education, arts, culture, economic development, public services, tourism and trade.
SHERIFF LAWSUIT COMING: Miami-Dade County may soon join Broward and Volusia counties in suing Florida to remove a controversial amendment from the November ballot, according to Commissioner Dennis Moss and County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams. Amendment 10, which would overrule county charters and require Broward to elect a tax collector, Volusia to overturn a nearly 50-year decision to appoint county officers and Miami-Dade to elect a sheriff, tax collector and supervisor of elections, challenges counties’ rule of power and ability to self-govern, Mr. Moss said. “If we want to have those positions elected, we can certainly go through a process here at the local level,” he said. “You will definitely be seeing something soon regarding that particular issue.” A resolution sponsored by Mr. Moss to either join the existing suits or file on its own will be brought before the commission in July, according to Ms. Price-Williams. Commissioner Audrey Edmonson asked, and was approved, to be added to be added as co-sponsor of the pending legislation.