FYI Miami: August 27, 2020
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A1A REHAB DONE: A $16.7 million project to repair the MacArthur Causeway, also called State Road A1A, is finished after more than two years of construction. The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) “East Bridge Rehabilitation Project,” conducted by contractor Lead Engineering, included repairing concrete beams and columns under the bridge, painting steel elements, replacing the deck and repairing the fender system and electrical components, a department press note said. The initial construction cost was $12.9 million, according to an FDOT webpage that listed John Bolton of Bolton Perez & Associates Consulting Engineers as senior project engineer, Ivan Hay as FDOT’s resident engineer and FDOT’s Dru Badri as project manager.
NO SHORTAGE OF FORGIVENESS: Businesses that applied for and received federal Payment Protection Program funding should not worry about rushing to ask for forgiveness, says David Goldweitz, a CPA and senior director of tax and accounting services at Fiske & Co. Congress, he said, is likely to pass a bill in the coming weeks that will make the forgiveness application process much easier for recipients of smaller loans, and these businesses may be well served by waiting to apply for forgiveness. “You have ten months to apply for forgiveness,” he said. “There’s no reason to rush.”
OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR SCREENINGS: The City of Miami doled out more than $100,000 to include a question on the primary election ballot asking city residents if they would support requiring the Miami-Dade County mayor, who has authority over the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department, to screen all passengers arriving at Miami International Airport for Covid-19. Nearly 85% responded that they would. However, as of now the straw poll, which emerged from legislation sponsored by City Commissioner Joe Carollo, has yet to result in any county action.
NEW MIA SCREENING: Passengers at Miami International Airport (MIA) should find moving through security easier and quicker as a result of seven new tomography scanners at six Transportation Security Administration checkpoints. Unlike prior scanners, the new tech allows passengers to leave laptops and other equipment inside carry-on bags while also providing improved explosive detection via a 3-D, rotatable image that TSA officers can analyze in real time, a memo from MIA spokesman Greg Chin said. According to Miami-Dade Aviation Director and CEO Lester Sola, MIA is “among the first US airports to receive this expansion of CT technology by the TSA.”