FYI Miami: November 4, 2021
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BRIDGE OPENS: After 30 months, First Street Bridge is almost complete. The replacement of the 90-year-old bascule bridge began in May 2019 and is almost finished with the final details. “The Southwest First Street Bridge is now open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” said Tish Burgher, communications manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. The bridge connects Southwest First Street from Seventh and Second avenues. Details such as a new bridge tender’s control house, pedestrian handrails, streetlight, river walks beneath the bridge and seawalls are currently being completed.
TOURISM BOOST: Visit Florida got a boost Tuesday when the Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously approved a proposal to extend to extend the life of Florida’s tourism-marketing agency from Oct. 1, 2023, to Oct. 1, 2031. The agency has been leading efforts to draw tourists back to the state during the Covid-19 pandemic. The bill will need approval of the Senate Appropriations Committee before it could go to the full Senate during the legislative session that will start Jan. 11. A House version has not been filed.
MURAL CITY: The murals included in upcoming Flagler Street Art Festival, from Dec. 2-5, will all focus on architecture of the neighborhood. Murals are being painted on well-seen buildings. “There will be few ground-level murals. We are more looking at the sides of façades that are blank right now,” said Teddy Ward, chief of staff at Mana Public Arts. A mural is planned to wrap around Wells Fargo at 100 E Flagler. “This would be the largest mural in in Miami,” he said. City National Bank at 225 Flagler will also have a mural by a local artist. The side of the New World School of the Arts will have a mural. “Recurring concerns is graffiti and ‘we don’t want Wynwood.’ This is very well controlled,” Mr. Ward said. “We’re not looking to have every business painted. We’re looking to take these large walls that have been blank for a long time and draw people in.”
URBAN AIR MOBILITY: A county working group is to plan for an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) System for emergency services, traffic monitoring and management, public safety, and passenger and cargo transport. A resolution by Oliver G. Gilbert III directed the mayor to create the group and report recommendations to commissioners. The document states that it is in the best interest of Miami-Dade “to begin preparations now for UAM operations beginning in 2026 with an implementation plan that defines the goals and objectives” that the county should work to achieve with a roadmap that defines short-term, medium-term, and long-term priorities to fully prepare for UAM operations.