FYI Miami: July 25, 2019
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COUNTY DELAYS GMX PICKS: Miami-Dade lawmakers agreed to follow the lead of the county’s Transportation Planning Organization Governing Board in holding off appointments to the newly established Greater Miami Expressway Agency (GMX), which the Florida Legislature created to replace the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. The transportation board, citing insufficient time to nominate three of five members the county is to send to the nine-seat GMX board, voted July 18 to ask for more time and to create a committee to vet potential nominees. On Tuesday, county commissioners – all of whom sit on the transportation planning board – agreed to do the same with regard to the two GMX members they are responsible for nominating. Applications for the GMX board are due to the county by Aug. 9 unless commission Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson decides otherwise, with commissioners to nominate members Oct. 3. (Details: page 8)
COUNTY JOBS DECLINE: Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate was flat last month, but the labor force and the number of employed workers both fell while the number of jobless rose, according to figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment in the county remained at 3.2% in June, the same as May, but the labor force fell by 3,100 persons to 1.41 million, the number of employed workers fell 4,300 and the number unemployed rose 1,300 to 45,800 persons. A bright light is the county’s construction industry, where the number of workers employed has risen 6.6% in the past 12 months to 55,300, the highest number since October 2007. The county’s all-time high for construction jobs was 56,600 in September 2007 as the Great Recession was taking hold.
EYES ON WYNWOOD: Visitor magnet Wynwood is going to get 48 police security cameras and two license plate readers to be integrated into the Miami Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center. City commissioners have approved accepting $181,034 from the Wynwood Business Improvement District to pay for the hardware plus installation and maintenance. The city will pay $17,000-plus for the licensing, support and maintenance for the second and third years.
TRANSMITTING SAFETY: Miami International Airport is buying 50 Vehicle Movement Area Transmitters to install on ground vehicles at the airport to reduce incidents between planes and ground vehicles during responses to emergencies, bad weather, runway and taxiway inspections, and vehicle escorts of planes from taxiways to gates. The Federal Aviation Administration is paying $308,625 of the $411,500 cost, with the county’s Aviation Department paying the rest.