FYI Miami: April 8, 2021
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BIG SHIP: This week set a record at PortMiami when the CMA GGM Argentina became the largest container ship ever to call at a Florida port. The Argentina, capable of carrying more than 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units and sailing under the flag of Malta, arrived at the Miami harbor April 6 after sailing for a day from Savannah, GA. The ship is the namesake of “Argentina” class of ships that South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries began building for Eastern Pacific Shipping in 2019. French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM now operates seven of a planned 22 ships in the class.
UNPAID SCHOOL BOARDS: A proposed 2022 constitutional amendment to eliminate salaries on county school boards passed a House panel 10-7 last week, with opponents warning it could make boards less diverse. Sponsor Sam Garrison said nixing the pay would “take the politics out of our school boards.” But Rep. Angie Nixon joined opponents arguing that making the posts unpaid would threaten diversity on the boards. “This will lead to an elitist system. It is going to drive out folks who have the most at stake in the educational system,” she said. Florida school board members are paid an average of $35,995 a year and get about $10,800 in benefits, according to a House staff analysis.
COURT INSURES A RULING: The Florida Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to a 2016 state law that put new requirements on life-insurance companies to determine whether policyholders have died and to contact beneficiaries. Four insurers went to the Supreme Court last year after a divided 1st District Court of Appeal upheld the law. The Supreme Court order says it will take up the dispute, though it did not set a date for oral arguments.
LITTLE HAITI STATION: The developers behind Miami’s Magic City Innovation District have submitted a proposal to partner with Miami-Dade County to build a station in Little Haiti along the planned Northeast Corridor commuter route between Government Center and Aventura. The proposed station by MDC Miami LLC would be at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Avenue and doubly serve as a transportation hub for Metrobus, trolleys, bicycles and pedestrian services, a company press note said. “Little Haiti is the perfect location for a stop along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor,” the note said. “This new commuter rail service will provide residents of Little Haiti, Liberty City, Palm Grove, Morningside and the Upper Eastside MiMo District with the ability to travel between major destinations and economic centers, bypassing congested streets.”