FYI Miami: August 20, 2020
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HOME SALES DIVE: Miami-Dade total home sales fell 39.4% year-over-year in the second quarter of the year, from 7,861 last year’s second quarter to 4,766 this year, the Miami Association of Realtors said last week. In the grip of the coronavirus, Miami-Dade single-family home sales fell 30.3%, from 3,854 to 2,688, while condo sales dove 48.1%, from 4,007 to 2,078. Single-family home dollar volume dropped 23.5%, from $2 billion to $1.6 billion. Condo re-sales volume plunged 46.7% to $858.8 million.
FUND DISTRIBUTION STALLED: After a launch to distribute $20 million in federal funds Aug. 5, United Way of Miami-Dade paused accepting submissions after getting over 9,000 applications in less than 100 hours, according to Maria Alonso, United Way’s president and CEO. A spokesperson advised to check back in a couple of weeks for a full report on fund distribution and said the organization could not provide any further information after Miami Today sought an update on applications and how much of the CARES Act funds received by the Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program remain.
SIDEWALK SOLUTION: Discussion of ways to smooth curbside deliveries in Miami Beach is due at the Sept. 16 city commission meeting, says an aide to Commissioner Mark Samuelian. At a June Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee meeting, three commissioners said the city should begin a process to solicit a curb management pilot team, Miami Today previously reported. The project would include selecting a company to work as an “air-traffic controller” for curbside deliveries. David Richardson, Ricky Arriola and Mr. Samuelian favored legislation that would amend the city’s code to allow for third-party curb management.
MULTIMODALITY STUDY: Several mobility enhancements are needed to satisfy the future north-south transportation needs of coastal communities in Miami-Dade, from South Beach to Golden Beach, according to a report from consulting firm Atkins. Among those necessary upgrades: dedicated transit on SR A1A, bicycle facilities, enhanced pedestrian accommodations, waterborne transit services connecting unincorporated Miami-Dade and several oceanside municipalities, more transit hubs, and shared-use paths for bicycles and pedestrians alongside the Lehman Causeway, SR A1A and Northeast 79th Street, as well as other pedestrian, bicycle and transit improvements, including two pedestrian bridges in Sunny Isles Beach, signalized crosswalks at multiple intersections along Collins Avenue and bike lanes in Miami Beach along Washington Avenue and the MacArthur Causeway. View the report: https://bit.ly/3amlbpH.