FYI Miami: December 3, 2020
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MIA RECORD CARGO: Miami International Airport (MIA) appears to be headed toward a record year for cargo movements, with 1.9 million tons of cargo through October – a pace that the Aviation Department says will probably see the hub surpass its record of 2.3 million tons in a calendar year. MIA has served 52,504 cargo-only flights, a press note said, already 7,000 more than last year. “We are certainly thankful for the partnership we share with the airlines, federal agencies and logistics providers within our local air cargo community, who have each helped MIA have a tremendously successful year already,” Aviation Director Lester Sola said in a statement. One contributor to increased cargo traffic is MIA’s designation as the first airport in the Western Hemisphere and the second worldwide to be designated by the International Air Transport Association as a pharmaceutical freight hub. The press note said, “MIA is prepared to be a leading air cargo hub for Covid-19 vaccines.”
KEY APPOINTMENTS: Miami-Dade Chief Financial Officer Ed Marquez will keep his job in Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s administration, albeit without the additional deputy mayor title prior mayor Carlos Giménez gave him. And former Miami-Dade Police director JD Patterson Jr. got the official go-ahead from commissioners Tuesday to become Chief Public Safety Officer, a new job that oversees Miami-Dade Police, Fire Rescue and Corrections and Rehabilitation departments, as well as the Medical Examiner’s Office. “With the Office of Emergency Management as part of his portfolio, JD Patterson will play a leading role in the county’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as any future countywide emergency,” Ms. Levine Cava said, adding that she’d asked him “to work closely with our new chief medical officer, Dr. [Peter] Paige, in providing advice and guidance on how to best marshal our resources and fight the virus to keep our community safe.”
DOWNTOWN PARKING: The City of Homestead today (12/3) is scheduled to break ground today on a renovation of its downtown park, the name of which is more than familiar to residents past and present alike. The expanded Losner Park, named for a family whose history with the city dates back nearly a century that includes current Mayor Steven Losner, will include designs by Sasaki and Associates, the firm that master-planned the Beijing Olympic Games; new landscaping; several recreation areas for adults and children, and a new Homestead Veterans Memorial to replace the existing one, which will be relocated to the Homestead-Miami Speedway. All work will be funded solely by impact fees and grants, a city press note said. To view the groundbreaking virtually, visit Homestead’s Facebook page at 10 a.m.