FYI Miami: August 9, 2018
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JOINING THE GABLES: The Little Gables, High Pines and Ponce Davis annexation into Coral Gables is progressing. All three applications are being reviewed by Miami-Dade County staff, according to Assistant City Attorney Stephanie Throckmorton. She said she hoped the applications would be going to the planning and advisory board Sept. 24, but the Little Gables application could go first since it was submitted before the High Pines and Ponce Davis applications. “There are many steps that take place before the annexations go on to a community election,” she said. “We expect that election to take place at some time in the spring of 2020.” Ponce-Davis and High Pines are unincorporated communities that border South Miami, Coral Gables and each other. Little Gables is an unincorporated community surrounded on all sides by Coral Gables.
NEW TURNPIKE EXIT POINT: As part of the ongoing $54.4 million widening on Florida’s Turnpike between Southwest 40th and Southwest 72nd streets, the northbound Florida Turnpike exit ramp at Southwest 40th Street (Bird Road) is being temporarily shifted about a quarter mile south starting this week. The change is expected to last until spring 2019.
DIGGING UP THE BOULEVARD: Biscayne Boulevard traffic downtown could shrink to one lane in either or both directions during overnight hours from Sunday through Thursday in the next three weeks as a new 42-inch waterline and a 10-inch wastewater line are installed. Work will be done from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and then trenches will be temporarily covered over during daytime hours so that traffic can fully flow. The water line project of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is at Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Fifth Street, and the wastewater line is across Biscayne Boulevard between Northeast Fifth and Sixth streets.
YOU ARE HERE: Miami-Dade County’s Internal Services Department can identify county-owned properties in Commissioner Javier Souto’s District 10 where it might be possible to install guide signs noting that the land is within District 10, a memo from Mayor Carlos Giménez has told county commissioners. The commission in November 2016 asked the mayor to install panels and official markers at or near major county road intersections and county facilities in the district informing the community that the area is District 10. Mr. Souto sought the signs, citing that they would improve government accountability and let the public know who is responsible for overseeing the area. The mayor said he would place his report on the next available county commission agenda.