FYI Miami: December 17, 2020
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COLLINS TALKS DUE: Miami Beach commissioners Friday are to discuss plans for building out the bottom floor of city-owned Collins Park Garage as a cultural space to be managed by Miami New Drama. According to a memo to the Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee from City Manager Jimmy Morales, the proposed build-out would cost roughly $4.8 million and could yield a positive economic impact of $11 million a year. The project, the memo said, would include a cafe, living room, rehearsal and educational studio and a black box theater.
LYFT LIFTS LOCAL TRANSIT: Rideshare company Lyft has added Miami-Dade Transit and Tri-Rail information to its app for local riders, a move the company said will allow riders to see and compare times, route and price information and determine their best mobility moves. The new information will join scooter, rideshare and rental info on the app. “Transit services are an essential part of urban transportation, and we’re proud to help riders find their way on public transit,” said Dominick Tribone, Lyft general manager for transit, bikes and scooters in Florida, in a statement. Tri-Rail Executive Director Steven Abrams said the commuter service “appreciates being included in this new feature to enable better connectivity for our riders.” Lyft in April joined fellow rideshare Uber in partnering with Miami-Dade for Go Nightly, a program in which the companies provide free rides – redeemable by riders with county vouchers – to residents who previously rode low-ridership Metrobuses between midnight and 5 a.m.
TAX RELIEF REQUEST: Miami-Dade lawmakers this month implored Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to provide county residents with temporary relief in the form of property tax breaks. Commissioners asked that the state extend the existing 4% discount for property tax payments made within 30 days after the mailing of the original tax notice, waiving late payment penalties or allowing residents to pay in installments. “We’re urging the governor and state legislature to take this important step so our residents don’t have to worry about losing their homes during these difficult times as they struggle to recover from the financial impacts of the Covid-19 state of emergency,” said Chairman-elect Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who sponsored the resolution with acting Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Miami and Hialeah are among the cities that have seen the biggest spikes in unemployment due to the pandemic. Commissioners Sally Heyman, Kionne McGhee and Javier Souto co-sponsored the item, which passed 12-0.