FYI Miami: November 21, 2019
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BETTER COMMUNICATION: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office may be charged next month with seeking out ways to better interactions of police, fire rescue and other emergency first response personnel with residents who are deaf, hearing impaired or mute. County commissioners in the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Committee last week OK’d an item sponsored by Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa that, if approved Dec. 3, would direct the administration to determine the feasibility of a program to enhance communication by first response personnel and provide a report. The report would outline, among other things, the type of information needed for such an effort, which department would be responsible for obtaining and compiling the information, how that department would inform residents and visitors of the program and what items the program would need.
SKATING UNDER I-95: In the planning stages since 2012, Lot 11 Skate Park opened this past weekend. A product of a partnership between the Miami Parking Authority, the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Miami, the skate park is over 45,000 square feet, with construction totaling about $1.2 million. The park is at 348 NW Second St., where a city parking lot once stood beneath the I-95.
PENSIONS AGAIN: The Miami City Commission is once again slated to vote today (11/21) on whether city elected officials should receive pensions. Depending on when the official was elected, he or she would have to had served six or seven years to qualify for the city pensions. The legislation, sponsored by Commissioner Keon Hardemon, was discussed at the Oct. 10 meeting without a vote.
PERÉZ GRANTS $2 MILLION: South Florida real estate titan and philanthropist Jorge Pérez, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, is giving $2 million to 23 local arts organizations through the Pérez CreARTE Grants Program. The program, which launched in May, serves three focus areas, according to a news release from El Espacio 23, Pérez’s recently completed art space housing his Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection: artistic fellowships and residences, arts education and access, and spaces for creation. Awardees include The Fountainhead Residency, Artists in Residence in Everglades, Miami Book Fair, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami City Ballet, Miami New Drama and O Cinema. In a statement, Mr. Pérez said the awards “will have far-reaching effects” and that the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation “cannot wait to experience the powerful results.” Details: ElEspacio23.com.