FYI Miami: October 14, 2021
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BUILDING INTERNATIONAL TOURISM: Florida’s international market share increased 6.5 percentage points to 30.3% last year, according to Visit Florida, whose representatives met with its international partners in Mexico in June and the United Kingdom in October “to build Florida’s competitive edge and ensuring that we are in the best possible position when global travel resumes,” said an agency spokesperson. “Florida has consistently led the nation in key performance tourism indicators this year, and we are confident these efforts will help build even more success among international audiences.”
RED TABLE TALK BUCKS: A resolution to approve a $100,000 TV, Film and Entertainment Production Incentive grant for the Red Table Talk digital series passed Tuesday during the Miami-Dade County Airports and Economic Development Committee meeting. Funding would come from county general funds and be contingent on an audit of the project and its documentation to ensure compliance with guidelines that including spending a minimum of $1 million and 70% of the project being filmed in the county, as well as using 70% local vendors and businesses. County commissioners get the final say Oct. 21.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MIND?: Florida International University is still awaiting guidance from the Board of Governors regarding a new law that requires state colleges and universities to conduct annual assessments of “viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom.” According to the State University System of Florida, the survey will be administered in the spring to faculty and students, assessed over the summer and its results will be published Sept. 1. No further details have been released.
HOME TAXES LURE: The Save Our Homes Act, a 1995 amendment to the Florida constitution that limits the annual taxable increase of assessed value of homesteaded properties to 3%, is also luring new buyers. “Another thing that people who are moving to South Florida are considering is The Save Our Homes Act,” said Lani Drody, broker and president of Lowell International Realty. “Once you’re an owner and declare that your primary residency is in Florida, your assessed value is locked in,” she said. “The taxes don’t get worse the longer you live there.” The Save Our Homes Act only affects residential properties.
GAS PRICES SURGE: Florida gas prices surged 12 cents last week, rising from $3.05 to $3.17 per gallon, the highest daily average since October 2014. “The recent jump at the pump is directly tied to rising futures prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA – The Auto Club Group.