FYI Miami: February 4, 2021
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CARGO FLIES HIGH: In the midst of a pandemic that devastated passenger aviation, Miami International Airport had it highest cargo volume ever in 2020, carrying 2.32 million tons – 57,382 more tons than 2019. In the last three months of the year, it set a cargo record each month. The airport also handled a record 59,000 cargo flights, nearly 8,000 more than in 2019, the county aviation department said.
CONSTRUCTION SLIDES: The value of new construction fell 25% in South Florida last year, a new report from Dodge Data & Analytics finds. Nonresidential starts fell 30% and residential starts fell 20% in value in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the report says. Total value of the region’s building starts was more than $12.8 billion, Dodge found. Starts made up ground as the year ended, rising 6% in the region in December, with nonresidential starts rising 24% in the month and residential falling 5%. As starts fell, so did construction jobs in Miami-Dade and Broward combined, down 2.4% for the year at 136,800 jobs in the two counties, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Palm Beach construction employment rose for the year, up 1.5% to 40,000 jobs. Miami-Dade alone had a 2.1% construction jobs gain, leaving the big loss in Broward.
KEEP TALKING: A proposed resolution to temporarily suspend the afternoon portion of the Stanley Sutnick Citizens Forum was withdrawn from the Miami Beach Commission agenda last week. The forum takes place for 30 minutes before each morning and afternoon commission session, and allows residents time to speak on any issue they choose. The withdrawn resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Ricky Arriola, would have suspended the afternoon session for the duration of the pandemic, as the item’s memo says virtual meetings allow the public more opportunity to get involved.
FREE RIDE: Shared electric vehicle company Revel announced Monday it will offer free rides for administrators of the Covid-19 vaccine in Miami. Revel originally launched in Miami in December 2019 after being selected by the Miami Parking Authority as Miami’s sole provider of shared electric mopeds. The vaccine program will support crucial workers as they travel to vaccine administration sites to do their jobs and will encourage the use of a socially distant form of transportation. Free rides will be offered to healthcare workers who are aiding in the vaccination effort in any capacity at any certified vaccination site, including doctors’ offices, hospitals, and city- and state-run vaccination sites.