FYI Miami: September 23, 2021
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UNDERDECK UNDERSTANDING: A step forward to create the Underdeck, a 33-acre park to be run by the City of Miami underneath a new version I-395 in downtown Miami, is coming before commissioners today (9/23). A resolution by the City Manager’s Office would authorize a memorandum of understanding with Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation for collaboration and coordination of the project between Northwest Third Avenue and Biscayne Bay. The Town Square group was established to safeguard development of the area surrounding the nearby Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Miami Today reported last week that funding is lagging for the Underdeck program, which the city took on in an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation, developer of the $818 million highways redesign overhead.
PROVIDING KEY SERVICES: Miami would provide fire-rescue, automatic aid and ancillary services to the Village of Key Biscayne for five years beginning Oct. 1 under a resolution that Miami city commissioners are to vote on today (9/23).
FINANCIAL CRIMES STRIKE FORCE: The City of Miami’s Police Department would get heavily involved in a financial crimes strike force under a resolution before the city commission today (9/23). The aim of the South Florida Financial Crimes Strike Force is to combat illegal money laundering, drug trafficking and related criminal violations, and to “disrupt organizations engaging in such activity through coordinated and long-term investigation, forfeiture and prosecution efforts under the Florida Mutual Aid Act. The legislation says the strike force consists of the State Attorney’s Office for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and other participating law enforcement agencies.
TURKEY CARGO SERVICE: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has selected PortMiami for its new Mediterranean-North America-Turkey (ZCT) service. The service’s first Miami-bound vessel, TRF PARTICI, is to arrive Sept. 24. The 3,500 twenty-foot equivalent units vessel is part of a fixed bi-monthly service, calling at the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co. cargo terminal.
OLDER DROP OUTS: State Rep. Kevin Chambliss of Homestead has filed a proposal that would raise the age for Florida students to be allowed to drop out of high school. Currently, students must be at least 16 to leave school, but his measure would increase the age to 18. The proposal has been filed for consideration during the 2022 legislative session that begins Jan. 11.