FYI Miami: June 10, 2021
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LNG READY?: PortMiami has 120 days to report on its readiness to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to newer cruise vessels that use the fuel through 2027. Miami-Dade commissioners last week OK’d a resolution by Rebeca Sosa directing Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s office to provide the report, which is also to detail what it will cost to accommodate the LNG-powered ships and environmental benefits of the fuel compared to alternatives. Similar to compressed natural gas used in motor vehicles, ship operators are looking at LNG as a midway point between traditional heavy “bunker” fuel and a means to power their vessels with zero emissions. More than two dozen LNG-powered ships were on order as of March, with buyers including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. PortMiami has also assembled a working group to study how to safely operate LNG activities at the harbor.
NON-CAR LANES OK’D: Three miles of protected micro-mobility lanes are coming to downtown Miami, with the city and county roughly splitting the $2 million to add them. County commissioners last week approved an agreement with Miami to design and build the green-patterned bike and scooter lanes, which will be separated from traffic by concrete barriers and run from South First Street to Northeast 11th Terrace along North Miami and Northeast First avenues, and from Northeast Second Avenue to I-95 on North Fifth and Sixth streets. Key locales on the routes include Government Center, Brightline Station, Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus and several Metromover stations. The project includes adding missing pedestrian ramps to adjacent sidewalks and upgrading all area pedestrian crossings and signage to “high emphasis” for greater visibility. Depending on the results, Chief Operations Officer Jimmy Morales said, the county could look at similar bike, scooter and pedestrian provisions in other urban areas.
RAUNCHY RANKINGS: At a Tuesday Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Real Estate Summit, Miami Realtors CEO Teresa King Kinney updated guests on where Miami-Dade placed in various rankings. Some, like being ranked the number one community where Californians are getting Florida drivers licenses, may come as no surprise. However, the county takes the cake for some more … interesting rankings as well, she said. According to Big 7 Travel and Oyster.com, she said, Miami is the “Sexiest City” in the country – and the second sexiest in the world. It is also, according to Lawnstarter.com, the Capital of Naked Gardening in the US. On a more family-friendly note, Apartmentguide.com also names Miami the “Number One City For Foodies” in the US.