FYI Miami: August 23, 2018
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FIGHT OVER GAMBLING: Fontainebleau Florida Hotel LLC of Miami Beach gave $250,000 to a political committee formed in July that has raised $1.25 million to help fight a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida. Citizens for the Truth About Amendment 3, Inc., raised the money from Aug. 1 to 7. Other contributions included $500,000 from Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, Inc., according to campaign-finance reports. The committee opposes proposed constitutional amendment 3 that will appear on the November ballot. If 60% of voters approve, the proposal would change the Florida Constitution and give voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling.” It would require voter approval of casino-style games in the future and reduce the power of the Legislature and governor to decide gambling-related issues. The amendment drive has been heavily funded by Disney Worldwide Services Inc., a longtime foe of casinos, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which already operates casinos.
OVERTOWN STREET WORK SET: A Miami area company has been hired for a major street improvement project in Overtown. Miami city commissioners accepted the bid from R&G Engineering Inc. to provide construction services for a project known as Overtown Greenway at NW 11th Terrace – Phase 2. The resolution authorizes the city manager to execute an agreement with R&G for $1,804,667.79 for the scope of work, plus an owner’s contingency allowance of $180,466.77, for a total not to exceed $1,985,134.56. The Overtown Greenway at NW 11th Terrace project will be from Northwest Third to Sixth avenues, and the work will consist of furnishing all materials, labor and equipment for road improvements such as drainage system installations, milling and resurfacing, new sidewalks replacement, striping, signs, landscaping, hardscape, decorative street and pedestrian lighting, and ADA compliant ramps.
SCHOOLS OFFER TOOLKIT: The Miami-Dade County Public Schools have developed a Back-to-School Tool Kit to transition into the school year that began this week. It includes videos and has updated information about registration, vaccination requirements, school hours, transportation, key dates and school safety. The kit is available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole at http://toolkit.dadeschools.net
CHAMBER CHOOSES BUS: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously in support of Miami-Dade County’s recommendation to apply for a US Department of Transportation Small Starts Grant to build infrastructure supporting bus rapid transit on the South Dade Transitway, with potential for future rail conversion.