FYI Miami: May 13, 2021
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WHAT’S IN A NAME? In negotiating multiple contracts including terms with Miami New Drama and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami Beach officials have made it a sticking point that branding for such companies should more prominently feature “Miami Beach,” not to be confused with “Miami.” At a Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee Meeting last month Ray Breslin, who commissioners addressed as the “Mayor of Collins Park,” said maybe they shouldn’t focus on this so much. Miami Beach, he said, didn’t get upset when LeBron James said he was “taking his talents to South Beach” instead of to Downtown. Coral Gables, he said, doesn’t seem to mind being home to the University of Miami, nor does Miami Gardens mind hosting the Miami Dolphins. “I think we should embrace the fact that we are Miami Beach and Miami’s beach.” he said. As long as the tourists are coming, he asked, does it matter?
ART DECO AGENDA: Multiple ordinances are up for a second reading this week that may affect business as usual for businesses in Miami Beach’s Art Deco Cultural District. These include changes and rollbacks to noise exemptions and hours of sale for alcoholic beverages. If they pass, Miami Today has reported, the city may face legal challenges.
HURRICANE PARKING: The Miami Parking Authority and the City of Miami are offering free hurricane parking in three city garages when a storm threatens. The program is for city residents and employees, with one vehicle allowed per household. Pre-registration is required by June 30 at www.miamiparking.com. The three garages are College Station Garage, 190 NW Third St.; Knight Center Garage, 100 SE First St.; and Regatta Harbour Garage, 3351 Pan American Drive.
PORT POWER: The US Environmental Protection Agency will allot Miami-Dade $2 million through its Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) toward a planned pilot program at PortMiami that is to see up to four Carnival Cruise Line vessels at a time use shore power rather than run their engines while docked. The pilot, set to start in 2023, will allow the cruise ships to plug into the local power grid, reducing air pollution from the harbor. The grant will make PortMiami “the first seaport in Florida and the southeastern US to provide [shore power],” Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. Similar efforts with other companies are planned. In February, the county signed a joint statement with Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Virgin Voyages, as well Florida Power & Light, to bring shore power to the port. “[The] DERA grant provides additional momentum,” Carnival President Christine Duffy said, “to the shared goal of enhanced environmental operations.”