FYI Miami: September 20, 2018
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CRUISE DEALS DONE: Two amended PortMiami agreements OK’d by Miami-Dade commissioners this month will, upon execution by Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office, allow construction of a new Terminal B to recommence for preferential use by Norwegian Cruise Line and possibly lead to development of another new terminal for Disney Cruise Line. Construction on the new Terminal B had stalled due to funding issues, which the amended agreement addresses. The amended Disney deal, which changes the cruise line’s preferential berthing rights and minimum annual guarantees, includes a nonbinding arrangement granting Disney first right to enter negotiations for development of a terminal east of the existing Terminal J. Disney, whose cruise line is headquartered in London, currently operates four vessels. The company has ordered three new ships through 2023 and intends to homeport one of the larger ones year-round at PortMiami by January that year. “Such a facility,” Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt wrote, “will allow the [port] to expand its cruise business by allowing Disney to homeport the large Disney vessels capable of carrying 3,500-plus passengers.”
PARKING FEES TO RISE: Residents of the City of Miami will be spared a hike in parking rates proposed and recommended by the Off-Street Parking Board and Miami Parking Authority. City commissioners approved on first reading the planned cost increases Sept. 13, only after agreeing to exclude city residents from getting hit with the increase. For most on-street parking spaces, the rate would rise from $1.75 an hour to $3. Many monthly permits would jump from $70 to $90. There are exceptions. For example, a monthly Design District parking permit would go from $75 to $110. The current $2 an hour on-street rate in Brickell would climb to $3. The Brickell monthly permit cost would rise from $110 to $200. The rate increases, the first in nearly a decade, were recommended for approval in late July by the parking board. A second and final vote may be set for late October.
AIR STAFF RETENTION DEFERRED: A public hearing for an ordinance change that would require new aeronautical service tenants at Miami-Dade airports to offer employment to staff of previous tenants was deferred for future discussion while in subcommittee last week. Citing a need to hear from proponents, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa postponed consideration of the item at the onset of the Sept. 14 Economic Development and Tourism Committee, for which she serves as chairwoman, to an undetermined date. The bill is supported by almost half of the commission, including Daniella Levine Cava, Barbara Jordan, Jean Monestime, Dennis Moss, Xavier Suarez and Eileen Higgins, all of whom signed on as sponsors.