FYI Miami: November 5, 2020
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MORE AIRPORT AID PLEASE: Miami-Dade commissioners asked Washington lawmakers last month to allocate more funds to airports through an additional round of funding similar to the federal Cares Act – six days before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned his chamber until Nov. 9. Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution by Rebeca Sosa urging Congress to provide money beyond $207 million already apportioned the county’s aviation department April 14. “Commercial air traffic has decreased drastically affecting the revenues that airports receive from air carriers, concessions and passenger taxes and fees,” the item said. “Although airports around the country received a portion of Cares Act funding to support continuing obligations, more funding is need to support ongoing airport operations.”
$18 BILLION FOR JOBLESS: Florida has topped $18 billion paid out in its unemployment system since the Covid-19 pandemic began causing major economic damage in March. From March 15 to Sunday, the system had paid $18,003,063,834 to claimants, with much of the money coming from the federal government, according to information posted Monday on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity website. In all, the state had received 4,508,856 claims during the period, with 2,078,413 claimants paid.
COUNTY FAREWELLS: Miami-Dade’s county commission will host a farewell ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday honoring the service of Mayor Carlos Giménez, commission Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson and Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Xavier Suarez, Dennis Moss and Esteban Bovo Jr. as they approach their term limits. The event will be at PortMiami’s Terminal J. For social distancing, limited seating is reserved for elected officials, department directors, and invited guests of term-limited elected officials. A limited overflow area will be available on the first floor. Face masks will be required.
FUTURE OF 41ST STREET: Miami Beach city staff and members of the advisory Mayor’s 41 Street Committee have discussed creating a business improvement district for 41st Street, but action isn’t expected quickly, according to a city spokesperson. To form a district, Miami Today previously reported, business owners along the street would need to formally meet, vote to create the committee and select a mechanism for taxing themselves – a process that could take about two years. While the advisory committee has discussed the possibility, a spokesperson said, business owners have taken no formal action.