FYI Miami: September 12, 2019
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MELREESE-MIA REPORT ORDERED: Miami-Dade lawmakers have ordered a report on how developing stadiums, hotels or commercial space at the Melreese Golf Course could affect operations at Miami International Airport (MIA). “This analysis shall consider: traffic impacts, potential road closures, environmental impacts, commercial impacts, airport operations and aviation impacts, if any, the costs to MIA to mitigate any such impacts, and Federal Aviation Administration requirements,” said the item sponsored by Rebeca Sosa and co-sponsored by Esteban Bovo Jr., Daniella Levine Cava and Joe Martinez. “To date, no study has been made of the potential impacts to MIA from the development of Melreese.” Aviation Director Lester Sola told commissioners at a July tourism committee meeting that significant development at Melreese could prompt a federal downgrade of certain runways at the airport, which is the county’s leading economic engine. Mr. Sola said developer Miami Freedom Park LLC, which includes David Beckham, Jorge Mas and other partners, had met with the aviation department but was “not looking at [how development would impact the airport] right now.” The report, ordered Sept. 4, is due in December.
WAVE RED FLAGS: Two Miami-Dade commissioners are pushing legislation that says Mayor Carlos Giménez has not been complying with resolutions demanding that he inform individual commissioners “whenever any unanticipated event has occurred which could have significant financial or operational impact upon any contract, grant, project, program initiative, County department or another entity created and/or funded, in whole or in part, by the county.” The resolution demands that he provide a “Red-Flag Report” every 60 days with a “timely and detailed discussion” of each instance in which the county “appears to be at risk.” The legislation by Rebeca Sosa, co-sponsored by Sally Heyman, lists no instances of failure to inform commissioners, as resolutions from 2007 and 2011 would require. The issue is to come today (9/12) before the Health Care and County Operations Committee for a recommendation.
GROVE PLAYHOUSE DELAY: The City of Miami has filed for more time in the 11th Judicial Court to submit a response brief on the Coconut Grove Playhouse, as the court battle with the county continues. Citing interruptions, including the preparation for Dorian, the city asked to respond through Sept. 30, pushing back the court’s Sept. 9 deadline. After a veto from Mayor Francis Suarez halted the plans of the county to demolish the playhouse’s larger theater and create a smaller 300-seat theater, the county sued the city.