FYI Miami: April 29, 2021
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MANATEE MALADIES: An unusually high number of manatees have died or been injured lately according to staff at the Miami Seaquarium, which is rescuing, rehabbing and releasing more of these animals from the wild than is typical. Alexa Login, a spokesperson, said there has been an “unusual mortality event” this year, and that researchers are trying to figure out exactly what is behind it. “We have a great team of animal staff that is working around the clock to help these animals,” she said. In the winter months, she said, changes in water temperature can affect manatees and cause lung and buoyancy issues, but that isn’t common at this time of year.
CHARGE AT NO CHARGE: Miami-Dade staff will look into adding cell phone charging stations to “certain county facilities, including parks,” as commissioners April 20 unanimously OK’d a resolution by René Garcia calling for a report within 90 days on how feasible it would be for the county to partner “with a corporate entity to cover all of the cost of installing and maintaining such charging stations.” Mr. Garcia’s item, which Sally Hyman co-sponsored, reasoned that “it is sometimes difficult to find a place to charge phones when out in public,” and providing charging stations at key sites could both “provide an extra amenity” and “lead to people being able to spend more time at county facilities without the need to return home to charge their phones.”
WHAT MIAMI MEANS: The City of Miami and Dade Heritage Trust are partnering in a visual arts competition for students to grade 12 on “What Miami Means to Me.” Entries are being accepted through April 30. Entries can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: Larry Gautier, (305) 397-6919 or email@example.com. The competition is part of the city’s 125th birthday celebration in July.
CRUISE SHIPS SUPPLIER: Apollo Group will sell and lease back its corporate headquarters in Northwest Miami-Dade funded in part by $17.3 million in financing provided by JLL Capital Markets. The company’s 213,131-square-foot industrial facility has cold storage and office space that Apollo uses serving as a ship chandelier for multiple brands in the cruise industry that now are stuck in port because of Covid-19 related health regulations. JLL worked on behalf of buyer Ivy Realty to place the seven-year note to purchase the 8.86-acre site at 6950 NW 77th court. Apollo updated the office space and renovated the freezer systems in 2019.
GAS GOING DOWN: Florida gas prices declined again last week, reaching the lowest daily average price since March 8, AAA says. Florida drivers are paying an average of $2.79 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, 12 cents less than what they paid in late March.