FYI Miami: March 14, 2019
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BACK TO SQUARE ONE: Miami-Dade plans to seek proposals to create and run a transit-oriented development on nearly 14 county-owned acres at Northwest 215th Street and 27th Avenue south of the Florida Turnpike’s Homestead Extension in Miami Gardens. The new proposal is based on the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan and the new locally preferred alternative of an elevated fixed guideway transit system recommended for the North Corridor on Dec. 6, 2018. The county has tried twice before to get a developer for the site. In the latest attempt, two proposers responded and Miami Gardens Transit Village LLC was recommended for negotiations, but last June the county learned that the developer was no longer part of the team. A county commission committee was asked this week to approve rejection of all proposals to start over.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE DEAL?: Miami-Dade County may look to a public-private partnership to build an elevated fixed guideway transit system along Northwest 27th Avenue. A resolution by Commissioners Barbara Jordan and Esteban Bovo Jr. that was to be heard in county committee this week would ask Mayor Carlos Giménez to report within 60 days how to best design, build, finance and operate the system and, if appropriate, bring commissioners a resolution recommending any or all of the project be treated as eligible for a public-private partnership, putting the procedure to cut a deal in motion.
WHO SHOULD RUN MARINAS? Miami city commissioners plan to discuss the current operations of the several city-owned marinas today (3/14). Some of the marinas are run by the city itself, like Dinner Key Marina, and others are run by private entities. Commissioners have been considering whether to have all of the city’s marinas run by private companies.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Sellers of property within special taxing districts – or an area in which a petition to create such a district exists – must now disclose to potential buyers that the property is subject to additional payments, as Miami-Dade commissioners on March 5 voted unanimously in favor of a ordinance amendment calling for the disclosure, sponsored by Jose “Pepe” Diaz and co-sponsored by Daniella Levine Cava, Joe Martinez, Dennis Moss, Jean Monestime and Javier Souto. The ordinance will be enforced by the county parks department’s Special Assessment Districts Division, according to Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring, who wrote that the ordinance will also require petitioners of new special taxing districts to prepay the cost of recording the taxing district into record at the time of filing.