FYI Miami: May 14, 2020
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MIA SURVEY: A new survey could be coming to help airlines at Miami International Airport (MIA) better understand the needs and expectations of travelers. Miami-Dade lawmakers June 2 are to decide whether to OK a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Javier Souto that would direct the administration to survey passengers at the county’s top economic engine and report findings by early August. Mr. Souto’s item cleared Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson’s policy council last week by an 8-0 vote, securing a majority going into a full vote next month.
VIRUS TESTING EXPANDED: Starting Saturday, testing for Covid-19 of Miami-Dade residents aged 12 or older – regardless of whether they showed symptoms – began at the Tamiami Fairgrounds and South Dade Government Center, both drive-thru sites. The new age and symptom parameters for the two sites do not extend to any other walk-up or drive-thru sites, for which symptoms are no longer required prior to testing. All county-run testing sites still require an appointment, which can be made for the next day by calling (305) 499-8767. “Even people who feel fine can be carriers of this virus,” Mayor Carlos Giménez said in a prepared statement. “We need to do everything in our power as we are ‘Moving to a New Normal’ to make sure that ‘I Keep You Safe, You Keep Me Safe.”
NEW TOOLS FOR PROCUREMENT: The City of Miami has released two new online platforms aimed at connecting local businesses with opportunities with the city. BidSync will expand the city’s pool of vendors, allowing businesses to submit their bids and proposals electronically. GovQuote supports local and small businesses bidding on informal City procurements valued at less than $25,000. The city had recently teamed up with Amazon Business for a purchasing platform connecting local businesses with purchasers at the city.
AFFORDABLE RENT FREEZE: To help residents who are struggling to make ends meet, Miami-Dade lawmakers are considering directing Mayor Carlos Giménez’s administration to freeze rent increases at any housing funded by the county affordable housing program during and up to a month after the declared state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioners voted unanimously to advance an item sponsored by Esteban Bovo Jr. that would also tell the mayor to investigate if any such rent increases occurred on or after March 9 and to report on which developments have done so, why, and what steps the county will take to rectify the issue. The report would be due within 60 days of the final vote, scheduled for June 2.