FYI Miami: May 7, 2020
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SWIMMING AT TROPICAL PARK: Pointing to aquatic centers recently built elsewhere in the county, including one that opened last year at South Dade Park, Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto is sponsoring legislation that, if approved June 2, would direct Mayor Carlos Giménez’s administration to find funds and architects to build a water park at Tropical Park. The resolution, which is to go before Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson’s policy council today (5/7) for a preliminary vote, notes $3.81 million in unspent dollars in the county’s Building Better Communities bond program for park projects as a potential funding source. “Tropical Park is a park of countywide significance and is enjoyed by over a million visitors every year,” the item says. “While Tropical Park has extensive trails, fields, playgrounds, a boxing center, pavilions, and an equestrian center, [it] lacks an aquatic center.”
MONESTIME BOWS OUT: Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime is out of the race for the county mayoralty, according to an April 30 post on his campaign’s Facebook page that cited “the current socio-economic environment” as a major reason. “A large segment of the constituency I depend on for this campaign is among the hardest hit. Many of them are now laid off and uninsured,” he wrote. “While I do hope that the working people of Miami-Dade find a true champion in the next County Mayor, I will faithfully remain committed to making their voices even stronger as I continue to serve as their County Commissioner.” Mr. Monestime, who in October launched his campaign for the role held by Carlos Giménez, joined fellow commissioners Esteban Bovo Jr., Daniella Levine Cava and Xavier Suarez in the race that also includes former county mayor Alex Penelas, businesswoman Monique Nicole Barley, once Miami mayoral candidate Robert Ingram Burke and realtor Ludmilla Domond. Mr. Monestime is the second candidate to end his run for the county’s top office, joining former county commissioner Juan Zapata, who dropped out of the race in January.
FUNDS SET FOR HOMELESS: Miami received $1.63 million under the Emergency Solutions Grant of the CARES Act. About $347,000 of that is to go toward hotel and motel vouchers for the homeless, $422,000 to the Department of Human Services homeless program’s street outreach, and $700,000 to homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. During last week’s meeting, city commissioners aired grievances with the Homeless Trust and the long-standing Pottinger Agreement in court for dealing with the homeless and called for more Covid-19 testing for the city’s homeless. A special meeting Friday has a discussion of homeless issues on the agenda.