FYI Miami: June 27, 2019
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VIOLENT CRIMES INCREASE: Violent crimes in areas patrolled by the Miami-Dade Police Department were up more than 18% in the first five months of 2019, a report released by the mayor’s office last week revealed. The biggest jump was a 25% increase in forcible sex offenses, which included a 33.94% increase in rape, from 165 in the first five months of 2018 to 221 in the first five months this year. Robberies were up 21.79% from 468 to 570. Aggravated assaults rose 16.4%, from 1,372 reports last year to 1,597 this year. The largest decrease was in burglaries, from 1,469 reports in the first five months of 2018 to 1,184 this year, Homicides were down from 38 to 35, a 7.89% dip. Larceny reports fell 1.43%, from 10,659 to 10,507. And motor vehicle thefts declined 5.05%, from 1,307 to 1,241. The statistical report, which does not include most of the county’s 34 municipalities, comes without explanations of causes of change.
IMPROVING CYBERSECURITY: Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will eliminate the Agency for State Technology and seek to improve cybersecurity. The House and Senate passed the bill unanimously. It will move the duties of the Agency for State Technology to the Department of Management Services. The bill also includes issues such as creating a task force to make recommendations to improve the state’s cybersecurity. The task force will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez or her designee and will include private-sector appointees of the governor, appointees of the Senate president and House speaker and representatives of agencies such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Division of Emergency Management. (See cyber threats, pg. 17.)
TRANSIT ALLIANCE SURVEY OUT: Nonprofit Transit Alliance Miami, the group tasked with the roughly $630,000 project to remap Miami-Dade’s circuitous Metrobus route network, is asking county residents to provide feedback on what they’d like to see in the newly redrawn system. In a survey the group said will take about 90 seconds to answer, respondents are asked about their preferences regarding distance from bus stops, route frequencies and service locations, as well as a few demographic queries. “Your input will shape the two bus network concepts we will release in September,” Transit Alliance said in a Friday tweet that linked to the survey, which can be found at www.betterbus.miami/survey.
DIRECT PRIMARY CARE EXPANDED: Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill to expand a 2018 law that created “direct primary care” agreements between doctors and patients. Under direct primary care, patients or their employers make regular payments to doctors to provide certain services, removing insurers from the equation.