FYI Miami: October 11, 2018
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YOUTH SOCCER STUDY: Miami-Dade commissioners last week directed the county administration to look into partnering with private organizations, nonprofits and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to develop soccer fields for kids, especially those in economically disadvantaged, culturally diverse and distressed areas. “There is an increased interest in soccer due in part to the announcement that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Canada, the United States and Mexico,” stated a memo accompanying the item, sponsored by Jean Monestime, which directs Mayor Carlos Giménez to report to the commission in 90 days.
FILM INCENTIVES OK’D: Three film projects shooting primarily in Miami-Dade have been OK’d to receive $100,000 apiece in tax rebate incentives as part of a program sponsored by Sally Heyman to revitalize the county’s movie and TV industry. “Critical Thinking,” which will star and be directed by John Leguizamo, will tell the true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team’s US National Chess Championship victory. “Snowbirds,” starring Susan Sarandon, is about a recent widow rediscovering her independence through Miami. And “The Row II: A New Chapter,” starring former UFC champion Randy “The Natural Couture,” is a horror sequel produced by Miami native and New World School of the Arts graduate Randall Emmett. Beginning in 2010, a state tax credit program saw various productions spend between $160 million and $406 million a year in Miami-Dade. But state legislators failed to add new funding to the program, which ended in 2016. In June 2017, Ms. Heyman proposed the film incentive program enabling qualifying companies to receive the tax rebate. After a minor amendment, the item won approval.
BUSWAY DESIGN TRAINING: The Florida Department of Transportation is sponsoring a course to train state and local agency roadway design engineers in the newest design standards set by the department’s “Accessing Transit: Design Handbook for Florida Bus Passenger Facilities.” The course will update engineers on recent changes to the 2013 handbook on Oct. 25 at the FDOT District Six Auditorium, 1000 NW 111th Ave., from 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. “This course will include materials and information that are relevant to FDOT planning, design, and operations offices, local government engineering and permitting agencies, as well as local transit operators,” personnel wrote on the course’s Eventbrite page. “Included will be access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, design criteria along state roadways, guidance for reviewing design plans and improving pedestrian safety at bus stops.” Details: Transit Planner Chris Wiglesworth at (850) 414-4532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.