FYI Miami: October 7, 2021
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CASHLESS ZONES IN DADE: A report from Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to commissioners finds it feasible to prohibit businesses from refusing cash payments. “If the board chooses to enact such a policy, it would ensure equal access to goods and services for all visitors to, and the residents of, Miami-Dade County,” says the report. The document stems from a resolution by Commissioner René Garcia adopted in May. Similar legislation has been enacted in Massachusetts (1978), Philadelphia (2019), San Francisco (2019), New Jersey (2019) and New York City (2020). The report cites arguments both for and against cashless zones, including a 2019 Pew Research Center finding that 52% of Americans believe their personal information is less secure and have opted out of using a product or service over privacy concerns. The mayor concludes that the best legislation would consider the differing needs of Miami-Dade’s retail businesses and the associated costs and convenience for both businesses and consumers.
NICKLAUS CRYPTO DONORS: The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation has started accepting donations of cryptocurrencies, as it looks for new ways to reach more donors. The hospital said in a news release Tuesday that it thinks it is the first health-care foundation in South Florida to accept cryptocurrency donations, though, for example, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, also accepts such donations, according to the St. Jude website.
SMART PLAN FUNDING 2022: A resolution approving the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization Legislative Priorities for the 2022 Federal and State Legislative sessions details present-day costs of the six corridors of the Smart Plan. The North Corridor has an updated cost of $1.2 billion to $1.9 billion; the Beach Corridor Trunk Line $672 million; the East/West Corridor phase one $281 million and phase 2 $153 million; and the Northeast Corridor $611 million. The South Dade Transitway Corridor made a funding request to support general Bus Rapid Transit corridor operations for state fiscal year 2027 of $8 million.
TOURISM PROMOTION PACT: The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is still in discussions to sign a contract with the City of Miami Beach that would negotiate more promotion to the beaches. Rolando Aedo, bureau chief operating officer, said a contract might come in the next few weeks. “We’re really excited about our extended relationship with Miami Beach,” he said. “What is good for Miami Beach is good for Miami-Dade County. If we can fill the convention center, that means we’ll need a lot of hotel rooms, not only in Miami Beach but also in Downtown, the airport, and other areas, so that’s important.”