FYI Miami: March 7, 2019
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SUPER BOWL BRIDGES: In anticipation of hosting the Super Bowl in 2020, Miami Gardens is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Hard Rock Stadium, Condotte America and Bentley Architects & Engineers to build a pedestrian bridge over the Florida Turnpike exit for the stadium, another over Northwest 199th Street and two tunnels on Don Shula Drive. Design activities for the $15 million project began in August 2018, according to the city’s website. Construction, which began January, will run through September, with lane closure to take place in coordination with Miami-Dade traffic engineers and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise on Northwest 199th Street and the Turnpike connector road, respectively. Details: https://www.hardrockpedestrianbridgeproject.com/the-project.html.
PORT PASSENGER RECORD: With new ships filling PortMiami, more passengers are following. The port set a passenger record of 672,742 combined boardings and arrivals in January, up 25.6% from the 535,578 total passengers in January 2019, according to figures provided by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
GAS PRICE GAPS: Miami gas prices at the pump are up an average of 8.4 cents a gallon this week compared to last – but what you pay may vary widely, according to GasBuddy price-tracking service. While the average price per gallon in Miami-Dade on Monday morning was $2.50 per gallon, the lowest-priced filling station in the county was selling at $2.09 a gallon but the highest was listed at $3.55 per gallon, the highest in Florida. Across the rest of the state, prices ranged from a low of $2.15 per gallon to a high of $2.99. Nationally, the lowest price was $1.86 per gallon and the highest was $4.99. While gas in Miami-Dade has risen 20.1 cents per gallon on average in the past month, the level still averages 8.9 cents per gallon below a year ago, GasBuddy said.
HOUSING SUMMIT FUNDS: In a brief aside during Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss asked Mayor Carlos Giménez if he, Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson and others could count on “the support of the administration from a funding standpoint” for his planned Affordable Housing Summit, to which Mr. Giménez jokingly asked, “You don’t want just my moral support?” Mr. Moss said he preferred not to seek funds for the summit from the county’s public housing department – “They have their own struggles” – but that “a buzz is starting” and he wanted to ensure it was “a quality event, like we’ve done with transit and transportation.” Ms. Edmonson agreed, adding: “I would like to see this summit occur expeditiously and as soon as possible.”