FYI Miami: September 26, 2019
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BUS STOP ADS DELAYED AGAIN: A four-month-old Miami-Dade resolution awarding a bus bench advertising contract to Roswell, GA, based media company Signal Outdoor Advertising LLC was again deferred last week, marking the second time such county lawmakers have taken such action since Deputy Mayor Ed Marquez’s office assigned it to the Transportation and Finance Committee May 22. The contract, if advanced by the committee Oct. 17 and then OK’d by the full county commission, would authorize a 10-year, $5.625 million contract with the company, which would place advertisements on 2,830 bus stops in the county’s unincorporated areas. The contract would replace an existing pact that expired Aug. 31. Over 10 years and six months, the prior contract generated $1.87 million in revenue for the county. The new contract, a memo from Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office said, would provide revenue to the county based on a guaranteed payment of 20% of the revenue collected per year by the company.
FINAL FERRIS WHEEL TURN: The Miami City Commission this week is to vote on the Sky Views of America’s proposed 176-foot observation wheel. If approved, the Bayside attraction could be installed in time for the holidays and before next year’s Super Bowl festivities.
RATE CUT HEARING: A state hearing next week could lead to reduced workers’ compensation insurance rates for businesses. The state Office of Insurance Regulation has scheduled a hearing Oct. 4 in the Capitol on a filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance that would lead to an average 5.4% rate cut for employers, effective Jan. 1.
LOTS OF LUCK: On the job since January, Florida Supreme Court justices Robert Luck of Miami and Carlos Muñiz were honored and formally sworn in during an investiture ceremony Tuesday in Tallahassee. But Justice Luck might already have one foot out the door. President Donald Trump this month nominated him and Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa of Miami to seats on the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Justices Luck and Lagoa, who were both appointed to the Supreme Court in January by Gov. Ron DeSantis, still need US Senate confirmation to the federal appeals court. Justice Luck at age 40 has already served as a circuit judge, a state appellate judge and a Supreme Court justice.
DIRECTIONS, PLUS SELFIES: Coral Gables has added two-sided digital displays on both Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza to offer visitors directions, access to city services, real-time traffic and transit information – plus cameras for selfies and interactive games. Three of the displays are on Miracle Mile, one on Giralda Plaza.