FYI Miami: October 17, 2019
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INTERNATIONAL FLYING BOOMS: International passenger arrivals and departures continue to grow far more rapidly than domestic travel at Miami International Airport. International passengers increased 4.1% in the first eight months of this year while domestic passengers increased 1%, county figures show. With those figures, international totals are now 15,397,870 passengers for the year, which is 49.1% of the airport’s traffic total of 31,348,881, with domestic at 50.9%. In August alone, international passengers increased 2.12% while domestic travel fell .46%.
ELECTRICITY GAP LESS: Household electric costs in South Florida averaged 13.6% less than the nation as a whole in July, a new report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals. But rates in the region rose from 11.8 cents per kilowatt hour in July 2018 to 12.1 cents this year, decreasing the gap with the rest of the nation from 15.1% in July 2018.
HEADS-UP LAW: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office may soon have to notify county commissioners if their districts will specifically be affected by legislation originating from his administration. County lawmakers this month accepted on first reading a proposed ordinance – sponsored by Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson and co-sponsored by commissioners Sally Heyman, Joe Martinez and Javier Souto – that would, if approved, require Mr. Giménez or his staff to provide written notice to them prior “for a matter that originates with the administration and predominantly relates to a particular commission district” prior to the item’s placement on an agenda. The proposed ordinance is next scheduled for a hearing at the Nov. 15 Health Care and County Operations Committee.
TEED OFF ABOUT MELREESE: During a tense discussion on the proposed Melreese Park lease last week, Commissioner Manolo Reyes demanded City of Miami staff present a contract at the Oct. 24 meeting, saying that there has been deliberate slow-stepping by the administration for the November election. Mayor Francis Suarez said that if a contract was brought to the committee, it wouldn’t be ready with pending traffic and environmental reports or land appraisals. He said the process has been slowed because the commission had asked to select the attorneys and consultants and said he would veto the commission’s vote. In addition, Commissioner Joe Carollo said that if the commission were to vote against the proposed 99-year lease that would bring a Major League Soccer stadium to the golf course site as well as commercial and office space and more under the proposed Miami Freedom Park project, the commission could request proposals for the park.