FYI Miami: February 21, 2019
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CRUISE TRAVEL RECORD: PortMiami set a record for cruise passengers in 2018, listing more than 6 million, up 12.5% from 2017, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau reported this week. The total carried was 6,013,746 in the last calendar year, the bureau stated, though the seaport’s own web site lists the total passengers it carries per year at 5,591,839. In 2017 the port handled 5,347,810 passengers, convention bureau figures show. Each passenger is counted upon boarding a ship and again upon leaving the ship, with both embarcation and debarcation mostly at PortMiami, meaning something more than 3 million individual cruises were taken from the port.
ROUTE CHANGE TALKS DELAYED: A public discussion over a proposed ordinance change that would require Miami-Dade transit route changes to be approved by Miami-Dade commissioners after a public hearing was postponed last week until April 16. Commissioners in the Transportation and Finance Committee voted 6-0 Feb. 13 to defer the item, sponsored by Daniella Levine Cava and co-sponsored by Barbara Jordan, which was adopted on first reading by a 10-2 vote Jan. 23. The item is one of several being considered by commissioners in response to complaints about route cutbacks and outsourcing lodged last year by residents primarily living in Ms. Levine Cava and Dennis Moss’s South Dade districts. “It was done at the expense of residents,” Mr. Moss said Nov. 8. “Knowing that, my position is we’ve got to try to make this right.”
BUS OUTSOURCING ITEM DEFERRED: Miami-Dade commissioners also deferred a resolution that would require their approval before the county outsources Metrobus routes to private companies – a practice that costs the county about half what it spends running the routes itself, according to transportation spokesperson Karla Damian – and directing the county administration to forego contract options with Limousines of South Florida, which currently provides transit bus services on 29 county routes. Similar to another one deferred Feb. 13, the item, sponsored by Daniella Levine Cava and co-sponsored by Barbara Jordan, will again come up for discussion April 16.
CITIES SLOWING TO 25 MPH: Miami and Miami Shores Village drivers may soon be easing off their gas pedals, as two items authorizing the installation of 25-mile-per-hour speed limit signs are just one vote from passing. The related resolutions, which cleared Miami-Dade’s transportation committee Feb. 13 by a 6-0 vote, would authorize the county’s agreements with the municipalities, which would install the signs. As of Tuesday, only the City of Miami item was listed on the Feb. 20 county commission agenda.