FYI Miami: July 19, 2018
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BIGGER GABLES DOCKS: Coral Gables waterways could see more and bigger docks in the future. The city commission has unanimously passed an ordinance amendment and clarification that reduces the amount of unobstructed, navigable water in parts of the area. In the waterways north of Miller Road and north of US 1, only 45 feet of open water is required, down from 75 feet, as recommended by the Waterway Advisory Board at its Feb. 7 meeting. In the Mahi Canal, only 30 feet of open water is required. But waterways south of US 1 still need 75 feet of water to navigate.
NEW TROLLEYS ROLLING: Miami’s new Flagami Trolley Route began rolling Monday. City commissioners gave a green light to the route June 14. The route will have five new trolleys operating six days a week connecting arteries such as Southwest Eighth Street and West Flagler Street to the existing Little Havana Trolley Route and other nearby neighborhoods. The route has a direct link to regional transportation at the Miami Intermodal Center, next to Miami International Airport, which provides connectivity with Miami-Dade County Metrobus, Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Amtrak, Greyhound bus service and more. Details: www.miamigov.com/trolley
MIAMIAN A LEADER: George Mensah, director of Miami’s Community & Economic Development Department, has been named 2018-19 president of the National Community Development Association (NCDA). “We’re proud to have nationally recognized and respected professionals working for the residents of the City of Miami,” said City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. Mr. Mensah will lead the NCDA, comprised of more than 400 local governments, as it helps shape federal policy that advocates for funds to help low-income families and neighborhoods across the nation. Mr. Mensah has worked in housing three decades. Prior to joining the city, worked for the Florida Housing Finance Corp. in Tallahassee and for Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City.
1,000 NEW GABLES TREES: Coral Gables will spend up to $1 million planting 1,000 new trees along residential streets to replace those lost and damaged during 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Some 500 live oaks, 300 coconut palms and 200 bulnesia arborea will be planted during the rainy season, which typically ends around October or November. How many of each species to be planted can be adjusted by the city, according to the resolution. The solicitation for companies closed July 13 and an award should be confirmed by July 25. The Gables’ current landscape contractor will be responsible for planting, watering and maintaining the trees under the direction of the city’s landscape services staff. The resolution passed unanimously through the city commission.