FYI Miami: April 25, 2019
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“GREEN BUILDING” UPDATE DELAYED: Discussion of updating Miami-Dade’s green building practices for county infrastructure projects is due next month, as county commissioners in committee deferred a planned public hearing last week to May 14. The ordinance amendments of topic, sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, would add references to the Envision rating system and provide a minimum standard of “Silver,” raise the minimum standard for Leadership in Environmental Design System (LEED) to “Silver,” add to the list of qualifying infrastructure projects those the county builds or finances, and clarify that green building requirements apply to structures owned, financed, leased or operated by the county, including public-private partnerships. If passed, the standards will also extend to how facilities are maintained and expand commissioners’ oversight, requiring their approval of implementing orders.
HIGH-FLYING STUDENTS: Students enrolled in some Miami Dade College aviation courses will receive supplementary training at Pan American International Flight Academy under what is described as a unique partnership that was announced this week. The program includes the establishment of a Pan Am Career Pilot Academy at Miami Executive Airport to conduct a professional flight training program for Miami Dade College students. Qualified students can pursue opportunities to become flight instructors for the Pan Am Career Pilot Academy while they complete their degrees at Miami Dade College.
GAS PRICE BULGE?: Gasoline prices at the pump could be on the rise in Miami-Dade and nationally as the US moves to end waivers for countries buying oil in Iran. “This is news that could certainly restore upward pressure on prices at the pump, but to what extent remains to be seen,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group. Miami gas prices had fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the week ending Monday, GasBuddy price-tracking service reported, to average $2.77 per gallon, which was 8.1 cents a gallon higher than a month earlier but 2.1 cents lower than a year earlier.
OUSTER OF SHERIFF STICKS: Siding with Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously rejected an appeal by ousted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, finding the governor acted within his authority when he suspended the sheriff. The governor issued the suspension shortly after taking office in January, accusing Mr. Israel of “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” related to two mass shootings in Broward County, including the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.