FYI Miami: February 20, 2020
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“LATIN QUEENS” ADVANCES: The production company behind “Latin Queens,” a new reality show set to air on Facebook’s streaming service starring entertainers Thalía, Lali and Natti Natasha, is one step from securing $50,000 in tax credits through Miami-Dade’s TV, Film and Entertainment Production Incentives Program. County lawmakers in committee voted unanimously to advance an item authorizing the funds to a final March 3 vote. The show, which will follow the pop stars from Mexico, Argentina and the Dominican Republic, respectively, plans to spend 38 of the 48 total production days for its first season in Miami, where 80% of its employees will be local hires. Los Angeles-based company Entertainment One applied for the tax breaks in exchange for spending nearly $1 million here and meeting hiring and promotional requirements. County lawmakers created the incentives program, championed by Commissioner Sally Heyman, after a state program died the year before from a lack of funding.
ONE HUNDRED NEW RAILCARS: The Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works hit a “major milestone” this month, rolling into service the 100th new Metrorail car the county has on order from manufacturer Hitachi Rail Italy, spokesperson Luis Espinoza said in an announcement. The county’s ongoing replacement of its 35-year-old legacy railcars, built by manufacturer Budd, comes at a $313.8 million cost to the county through funds generated by the countywide half-penny sales tax meant to expand transit here. County commissioners in 2012 OK’d buying the 136 railcars, which began arriving in 2016. Delivery of the last vehicle, the Feb. 7 release said, will occur at the end of April. “Miami-Dade Transit riders have noticed the many improvements in reliability, safety and convenience that our new fleet of Metrorail cars is providing,” Transportation Director Alice Bravo said in a statement. “[We] now have the number of new trains needed for peak-hour service, and we will continue to accept the remaining new trains until our entire new Metrorail fleet is complete.”
NO TRAVEL FOR TRANSIT: Miami Beach is now selling Miami-Dade County Transit passes at the city’s Customer Service Center, 1755 Meridian Ave. “Residents will no longer need to visit the mainland to purchase transit passes or fill out an application,” said City Manager Jimmy Morales. “With this customer service enhancement, we’re projecting to process 1,200 annual transactions.”
GOALS FOR MIAMI: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual Goals Conference for June 11 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. In years past the conference has been the birthplace of key community initiatives.