FYI Miami: January 9, 2020
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VIOLENT CRIME RISES: The most serious crimes in areas policed by the Miami-Dade County force rose more than 4% in the first 11 months of 2019, figures released Monday show. Homicides increased 13.24%, from 68 in the first 11 months of 2018 to 77 in the comparable period of 2019. Forcible sex offenses rose 8.66%, from 612 to 665. Robberies increased 13.98%, from 1,073, to 1,223. Aggravated assaults inched up from 3,400 to 3,404. Larcenies were unchanged at 23,612 in the first 11 months of each year. The only declines noted were in burglaries, down 14.01% from 3,056 to 2,626, and motor vehicle theft, down 9.33% from 3,151 to 2,857. Areas policed by municipal forces are not included in the county’s statistics. Meanwhile, nonviolent crimes declined 2.42%, from 29,819 to 29,097. The county’s report, as usual, does not present reasons for the changes.
STATE OF COUNTY: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez is scheduled to deliver the annual State of the County Address, wherein he plans to discuss progress made throughout the county, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
TRI-RAIL HIKES RATES: The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority has raised fares for Tri-Rail for the first time in more than a decade. “The fare change takes into account 10 years of system improvements, added amenities and expanded train service,” a Tri-Rail release said. “The fare increase will cover higher expenses the agency incurs for rail car maintenance, fuel, train operations, ticketing systems, technology improvements and more.” The less-than-10% increase varies based on length of a trip along the 73.4-mile corridor linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. A full-price monthly pass will cost $110, up from $100, or about $1.83 per day to ride. Discounts for children, students, seniors, persons with disabilities and employer-based fare reductions still apply.
100 SPOTS FOR SCOOTERS: The City of Miami will roll out 100 dedicated parking spots for electric rental scooters in an effort to minimize scooter clutter. The drop zone hubs will be in District 2, which includes Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Edgewater, Morningside and Brickell.
GAS PRICE UP A BIT: Miami gasoline prices at the pump rose 3.4 cents per gallon from last week, GasBuddy price-tracking service said. Prices averaged $2.53 per gallon, which was 1.5 cents lower than a month ago but 26.7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, GasBuddy said. But “there is a distinct possibility that escalation in tensions [after the US attack on an Iranian general last week] may have an effect on gas prices moving forward,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.