FYI Miami: May 30, 2019
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BUSES FLOW IN: New CNG buses continue to flow into the Miami-Dade County fleet, each of them replacing an older bus as it enters service. As of April 19, a total of 233 of the new buses from New Flyer of America had been delivered to the county, with 219 then running routes, a report last week to Miami-Dade County commissioners that had been requested by Commissioner Barbara Jordan shows. She requested the report last year during discussion of a vote that selected JP Morgan Chase to provide $155 million in capital to get new equipment for the transportation department.
BEACH RENOURISHMENT AWARD: The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will award an almost $18 million contract to Miami-based company Continental Heavy Civil Corp. at a June 6 Surfside community meeting for a beach renourishment project running through winter. The project, 100% federally funded, will include placement of 330,000 cubic yards of sand along the town’s beach coasts, according to a Corps release, which says “stringent precautions and daily protection measures” will ensure that the forthcoming sea turtle nesting season is as undisturbed as possible. The public will still have access to the beach, the Corps says, but there will be restrictions in some areas during the project.
DINNER KEY CONTRACT: The Miami City Commission has accepted a proposal to repair and rebuild Dinner Key Marina at a cost that could exceed $22 million. Commissioners on May 23 accepted a proposal from Kearns Construction Co. to provide design-build services for the Dinner Key Marina Repairs and Restoration Project for $16,880,381 for the scope of work, plus Additive Alternatives No. 1, and No. 3 through No. 8, totaling $3,919,619, plus an owner’s contingency allowance of $1,688,038, for a total not-to-exceed $22,488,038, on a phased basis. The city-owned and operated marina in Coconut Grove was damaged by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, impacting about 60% of the dockage. City officials hope the bulk of the repair work to fix storm damage will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
TEMPING FOR COUNTY: Miami-Dade County government had 565 contractual temporary employees on its payroll at its most recent review, a report from the mayor’s office to county commissioners last week showed. That total, in February, was about 35% fewer temporary contractual workers than the previous August, the last time the numbers were studied, the report said. The Public Housing and Community Development Department had the largest number of such workers, 146, of whom 57 had been temporaries for more than three years. The next largest total was 128 in Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, none of whom had been temps as long as three years.