FYI Miami: June 13, 2019
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RAPTOR GRANT GAINED: Miami-Dade lawmakers have approved a 10-year restrictive covenant with the State of Florida for a $500,000 grant to renovate and build a new Frost Museum of Science raptor rehabilitation center. The new center, to built at a 2,651-square-foot former firehouse at Greynolds Park in North Miami, will replace the old one in Vizcaya in operation since 1991 as part of the Frost Museum. In 2015, after more than 55 years of operation in Coconut Grove, the Frost Museum moved from Vizcaya to its new 250,000-square-foot home off Biscayne Boulevard in the City of Miami. Commissioners in April OK’d a 10-year, $229,982 lease for the new raptor rehab center, including two five-year renewal options.
FLOATING SOLAR STUDY: Miami-Dade County will study the potential for deploying floating solar power systems, or “float-o-voltaics,” on its artificial lakes, as county commissioners last week OK’d Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava’s measure calling for the administration to take such action and see any regulations could stymie the county’s use of the technology. The study, due by December, marks the first step in the county’s effort to use floating solar, a practice already in place in several US cities and counties and in large-scale use in Asia. Ms. Levine Cava said the county’ is “uniquely positioned to take advantage of floating solar technologies” due to its “significant number of artificial lakes,” adding that the county needs “to be bold and lead the Sunshine State in using solar and renewable energies that reduce our carbon footprint and make sure Miami-Dade becomes the US industry technology hub for this rapidly growing segment of the booming solar industry.”
NEW NORTH CENTRAL FIREHOUSE: Plans are moving forward for a new Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Central Fire Station, to be built south of Northeast 138th Street between Northeast Second Court and Memorial Highway. County lawmakers June 4 voted 9-0 in favor of an item sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime to approve the single-story, 12,800-square-foot firehouse, which will include a fueling facility, 199-foot radio communications monopole, security fencing, trash disposal area, staffing and visitor parking and landscaping that will serve as a buffer between the facility, to be built on 2.14 undeveloped acres in the northeast portion of the county, and nearby residents. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in September established a temporary facility close to where the new firehouse will rise. That temporary facility will remain active, a memo from Mayor Carlos Giménez says, until the new firehouse goes on line.