FYI Miami: March 4, 2021
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UNIQUE PARK: Development of a 120-acre community park, natural wetland prairie and tree island preserve in west-central Miami-Dade is done, and on March 3 Commissioner Joe Martinez was to have joined Parks Director Maria Nardi and others in opening the first-of-its-kind greenspace. The park at 1100 SW 147th Ave. in the county’s unincorporated area features a 4,666-square-foot playground, a lighted fitness court, restroom building, two picnic shelters with tables and grills, lighted walkways, 53 parking spaces, six electric vehicle charging stations, off-street parking and a fenced dog park with clean-up stations and water fountains. Plant life at the park, which boasts energy-efficient infrastructure and utilities, includes oaks, gumbo limbos and wild tamarinds and 50 acres of muhly grass. Miami-Dade acquired the land in February 2000. The park cost about $6.26 million in bond funds to develop, a Parks press note said. “It doesn’t get any better than this, when we get a shiny new gem like Tree Island Park and Preserve in our District 11 community,” Mr. Martinez said. Ms. Nardi added, “It is extraordinary to see the vision for this park become a reality.”
NO DRAIN ON SCHOOLS: An appeals court has sided with the Miami-Dade County School Board in a dispute about whether it is required to pay stormwater utility fees to the City of Miami Beach. A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that a circuit judge should have dismissed a lawsuit filed by the city seeking to require the school board to pay the fees, similar to other property owners. The school board owns 10 developed properties in the city that use Miami Beach’s stormwater-management system to drain runoff, according to the ruling.
RECORD CARGO: PortMiami just had its busiest four-month period for cargo. Between Oct. 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021, the seaport known also as the “cruise capital of the world” processed 420,838 twenty-foot equivalent units. The activity was driven in part by a more than 21% cargo uptick year-over-year in January compared to the January last year – the most active month ever, according to a press note. “January’s cargo performance is a reflection of the resilience of our community and the role played by our seaport,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, a vocal supporter of the port. Port personnel say the growth of cargo is due to a strong balance of global trade and more than $1 billion in infrastructure improvements like harbor-deepening dredging and technological upgrades, including new zero-emission post-Panamax cranes. “As we look to rebuild an even stronger, more resilient community,” Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said, “the seaport is critical in our long-term sustainable growth and prosperity.”