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PUSHING THE PORT: If the Miami-Dade County Commission approves Sept. 1, Mayor Carlos Gimenez will be given 60 days to present a marketing plan for the Port of Miami, showcasing the county as a pre- and post-cruise destination for recreational and cultural activities. The commission's Economic Development & Social Services Committee last week forwarded the measure to the full commission for action.
TOURIST TARGET: To increase the flow of visitors to Miami-Dade, the county commission is requiring the commission auditor to provide an impact statement on all legislation that could affect area tourism. Reports are to detail whether the matter would add to or slow tourist flow and any other facts that could assist the commission. The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs is to track state bills likely to impact county tourism.
TRACKING TRANSIT: In light of the federal government's recent suspension of funds to Miami-Dade Transit, the county commission is trying to stay atop issues that could pull on county transit's purse strings. The commission has directed Mayor Carlos Gimenez to provide the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust with county public-record correspondence with federal or state agencies on issues that could substantially impact on Miami-Dade Transit funds.
REVIVING THE VENETIAN: Miami-Dade's Venetian Causeway is facing a major facelift. The county commission has OK'd an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation to help fund a project development and environmental study on the bridges. The study is to consider renovating or replacing the 12 bridges that run from North Bayshore Drive to Purdy Avenue. According to county documents, the study is "necessary in order to retain the county's ability to obtain future federal construction funding." The state is to fund up to half of the $1.75 million study and the county to cover the rest.
OVERPAID: The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser's Office alerted 2,200 non-homesteaded property owners that tax refund checks they recently received were too much. The property owners had successfully appealed their 2009 tax assessments to the county's Value Adjustment Board and received a reduction, entitling them to a refund. Revised tax bills were mailed to the affected taxpayers to recover the excess payment, which resulted from the mistaken application of a 10% cap to the school board portion of the taxes.Complete coverage, including The Insider and all information columns, is available in the e-edition. Sign up at www.miamitodaynews.com