FYI Miami: November 12, 2020
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GO CONNECT IS LIVE: Good news for transit users in the Dadeland and South Miami areas: Miami-Dade’s new on-demand shuttle, Go Connect, is now live, free and downloadable on the Apple and Google app stores. The Smart Plan demonstration, which county commissioners OK’d in July, runs Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For now, pickups and drop-offs are available within three miles of three Metrorail stations – Dadeland South, Dadeland North and South Miami – from slightly south of Dadeland South to as far north as Miller Drive, with Southwest 57th Avenue and the Palmetto Expressway the eastern and western boundaries. Additional service is “launching soon” for the three-mile radius of the Civic Center Metrorail station and for extended distances in Cutler Bay, a county webpage said. “All rides are free until March 1, 2021, at which point they’ll be $2.25 each,” the page said. Funding for the initial term, $4.66 million, will come from state and federal sources. If Miami-Dade and the services’ provider, New York City-based Via Transportation, agree to renew for three more years, the total contract would cost $9.28 million. As of Monday, the Go Connect – Powered by Via app had three five-star reviews on the Apple Store and zero on Google Play. Link to service area map: https://www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/dadeland-zone.pdf
TOURISM TALKS GO ON: Miami Beach’s Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee is to address on Friday possibilities for ending the city’s singular dependence on the tourism industry. This item was last heard by the committee Oct. 23, when administrators presented a rundown of possible avenues for diversifying revenue. Commissioners directed staff to provide a more detailed memo for Friday’s meeting, with the intention of keeping this item on the agenda as an ongoing topic of discussion.
GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL CANCELLED: The Coconut Grove Arts Festival has showcased local artists as well as creators from all over the world for 57 years, but it won’t be on display in 2021. According to Nathan Kurland, the festival’s chair, out of concern for safety next February’s festival has been cancelled. “We care about the safety of our artists and guests,” he said. “And, (under current permitting rules) we couldn’t bring 50,000 people together even if we wanted to.”
POWERING UP: Customers of Florida Power & Light will see slightly higher electric bills in January, after the state Public Service Commission last week approved a series of costs that will be passed along to customers. FPL residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month will see their bills rise from $96.43 to $99.05, according to the Public Service Commission.