FYI Miami: February 25, 2021
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BISCAYNE BAY GUARDIANS: A commission of local, state and federal officials would oversee efforts to stave off environmental decline in Biscayne Bay under legislation proposed by Rep. Bryan Avila of Miami Springs and Sen. Ileana Garcia of Miami. The legislation also would prohibit dumping sewage waste in the bay. Rep. Avila said the final impetus for the commission was a massive fish kill in the bay in August. “This fish kill was just another chapter in its recent history of environmental decline,” he said in a Monday news release. Scientists have warned for decades the bay is in poor health, and the kill was attributed in part to extremely low levels of dissolved oxygen in areas between North Miami and Virginia Key. The commission would include three Miami-Dade commissioners, three members of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities and one member each from the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Inland Navigation District and the US Department of the Interior.
ONE GOOD TURN: Elected officials on Miami-Dade’s main transportation planning board today (2/25) are to honor outgoing Transportation and Public Works Director Alice Bravo for her public service. James Wolfe, secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 6, which covers Miami-Dade, is also to be recognized, the meeting agenda shows. Ms. Bravo will leave the post she’s held since 2015 for a job in the private sector.
DESERVES ANOTHER: That job for Ms. Bravo will be with engineering and design firm WSP, a frequent consultant to Miami-Dade that on the same day is up for a three-year, $1 million contract, paid half by FDOT, with the remainder coming from the transportation organizations of each tri-county area member. Miami-Dade will pay $200,000, Broward $170,000 and Palm Beach $130,000. The contract provides that WSP will develop a new version of the Southeast Florida Regional Planning Model, “the Miami Urbanized Area’s travel and forecasting tool,” said a memo from Aileen Bouclé, head of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization.
PARKING DRAMA: Miami Beach commissioners voted last month to give Miami New Drama the first crack at working out a deal for the buildout and programming of over 10,000 square feet in the Collins Park Garage, granting the group 60 days to work out terms with staff. According to a city agenda, the terms are to be discussed at next month’s Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee meeting, which does not yet have a date attached.