FYI Miami: March 11, 2021
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HOMESTEAD CYBRARIUM: Homestead next week will hold a ribbon cutting to commemorate the opening of what the city refers to as “the world’s first Cybrarium,” a digitally driven library whose offerings range from usual fare like books, laptops, movies and a theatrical stage to tech and fantasy amenities, including virtual reality, 3D printing, STEAM kits, and a steampunk-themed floor with an 1896 Chandler and Price letterpress and art. The virtual ribbon cutting will stream on Facebook Live at noon March 18, culminating with the reading of a first-edition children’s book inspired by the Cybrarium, located at 80 Mowry Drive next to Homestead Station, just steps from the South Dade Transitway. Doors open the same day at 2 p.m. All Miami-Dade residents are eligible for a free Cybrarium card. A temporary card can be obtained. Proof of eligibility must be presented in person to obtain a permanent card. Info: cybrarium.org.
EASE E-SIGNING: Miami-Dade will look into standardizing how it receives, authenticates and accepts electronic signatures from residents and companies that do business with the county, including how to pay for a potential overhaul of its systems to accommodate the changes. Commissioners March 2 unanimously OK’d a resolution by Oliver Gilbert III directing Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s administration to study e-signatures and authentication methods and, through a report due in 90 days, explain how best to use them here more comprehensively and provide a rollout plan and provide funding in this year or next year’s budget. “The use of electronic signatures … can create more efficiency and speed in county business and can be a significant benefit for members of the public who interact and do business with Miami-Dade,” the item said, noting that the county already uses and accepts e-signatures in some departments. “If the county implements the use of electronic signatures in a more comprehensive and consistent manner, it could result in significant improvements in county efficiency and customer service.”
NO HICCUPS: An alcohol “to go” bill motored through a second Senate committee Tuesday without opposition. The proposal would allow restaurants to include alcoholic drinks or bottles as part of take-home meals. The practice was part of an executive order last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help restaurants that were forced to scale back operations in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. The bill would make that practice permanent. It would cap individual alcohol container sizes at 32 ounces and require motorists to place the drinks in locked compartments, vehicle trunks or in areas behind the last upright seats in vehicles.