FYI Miami: July 12, 2018
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AIRPORT TAKES OFF: Domestic and international passengers passing through Miami International Airport have each increased 1.95% in the first five months of the year, according to figures from the county’s aviation department. In May alone, domestic traffic was up 1.15% with international traffic off .21%. In the five months the airport handled 19,054,175 passengers, which would annualize to a total of 45.73 million – a calculation that doesn’t take into account historically heavy or light travel months. Last year’s total was 44.07 million passengers.
LOTTERY SELLS RECORD $6.7 BILLION: Strong Powerball and Mega Million jackpots helped Florida Lottery sales grow 8 percent to a record $6.7 billion over the past year, according to the state agency. Scratch-off tickets accounted for 69% of the sales in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up about $400 million from the prior fiscal year. The Lottery anticipates that up to $1.75 billion of the money generated by sales will be transferred to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
PETITION CHARTER CHANGE: Miami-Dade residents will vote on whether to change the county Home Rule Charter to prohibit people circulating petitions from paying on a per-signature basis, commissioners decided Tuesday. The proposed charter change is one of several recommended by the county’s Charter Review Task Force, which formed in March 2017 to review the charter and recommend to commissioners amendments or revisions. The proposed change will now join others on the November ballot which, if passed, will make elections for the clerk of courts nonpartisan; allow county employees to hold any elective office except county elective offices without losing their jobs; and eliminate runoff elections when mayoral or county commission candidates are unopposed, and not counting votes cast for withdrawn, disqualified or deceased opponents.
PUTTING OUT FIRES: Frank Rollason, who was interim village manager of North Bay Village until January, has been named assistant director of the Office of Emergency Management with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department by Mayor Carlos Giménez after Curtis Sommerhoff resigned from the pivotal emergency post just before the start of hurricane season. Mr. Sommerhoff left to become emergency management director of Florida State University. Mr. Rollason has been in the public sector for more than 40 years, Mr. Giménez noted in a memo to commissioners announcing his appointment, starting as a City of Miami firefighter in the same department as the mayor. As Miami fire chief, Mr. Giménez in 1998 named Mr. Rollason deputy fire chief for administration.