FYI Miami: July 30, 2020
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FLORIDA, COUNTY CENSUS LAG: Only 59% of the population in Florida has completed the 2020 Census, according to a new release from the Census Bureau that says the state risks “losing millions in federal funding over the next 10 years” unless more residents respond. “By participating in the 2020 Census you will help your community gain funding for emergency services, childcare programs, community grants, elder care initiatives, as well as programs for those with special needs to name a few,” Census Bureau media specialist Andrea Robinson said by email. While Florida trails the 62.1% national self-response rate for the annual tally, Miami-Dade is even further behind at just 57.1%, according to figures from county Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo Jr. Of the 34 municipalities here, eight – Miami, Aventura, Indian Creek, North Bay Village, Surfside, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour – have yet to cross the 50% response threshold. “Although the self-response period was extended to Oct. 1,” Mr. Bovo’s office said by email, “we must continue spreading the importance of the 2020 Census.”
600 ALTON PARK BEGUN: When Terra and Crescent Heights brought their proposed development, Park on Fifth, to the Miami Beach City Commission, approval came with two highly anticipated community benefits: a kaleidoscopic bridge to welcome residents entering the city through the I-395 and a three-acre resilient park. The latter has officially broken ground. Now called Canopy Park, the park will feature greenspaces shaded with native tree species, pedestrian and bike path, a children’s playground designed by a Danish Design Firm and public art displays. The park will also have a 25,000-gallon cistern to capture excess runoff during major storms that will then be used to irrigate plantings throughout the year. The park is expected to be finished by summer 2021.
MAX POTENTIAL PARKS: Are Miami-Dade’s 272 parks being used to their maximum potential? That’s the central question in a resolution by Commissioner Javier Souto that, if approved Sept. 1, would direct Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office to study whether every county park is in good condition and being properly used. “Parks improve the quality of life of all residents, [but] currently there may be pockets of parks that have been neglected [and] are not being utilized to the fullest extent possible,” said Mr. Souto’s item, which cleared the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee this month by a 4-0 vote. If commissioners approve the item when they return from recess, county staff would have 120 days to deliver the parks report.