It’s the one thing commissioners have been avoiding for over a decade; Miami-Dade’s crumbling sewage system. Thursday, under the pressure of a federal lawsuit commissioners began to take action, perhaps a minute or years really too late.
The Miami-Dade Commission has approved a stadium deal between the Miami Dolphins and the county to renovate Sun Life Stadium using taxpayer money along with private money from Fins owner Stephen Ross. The motion was passed by an 8-3 majority with Commissioners Bovo, Zapata, and Suarez voting against the deal.
Miami-Dade Commissioners are set to meet Wednesday to decide whether to move forward with a new proposal to use tax dollars to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
Commissioners in Pembroke Pines took the first step Wednesday towards cracking down on squatters. Commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance that would make property owners responsible for getting water or sewer accounts for their rental houses.
The Miami Dolphins have relented on their pitch for renovations to Sun Life Stadium and will send the issue to the voters to decide whether any public money will be used. But ahead of a planned Monday press conference, time will be short to get the issue on a ballot.
More than a third of the NHL regular season and two of its marquee events have now been called off.
Commissioners were steaming, less than a day after learning that Miami finished the fiscal year with a budget surplus of some $45 million. That’s a figure nearly six times what managers had previously reported.
The number is so big it’s hard to comprehend; between $11 billion and $12 billion. That is the estimated cost to repair and upgrade Miami Dade’s water and sewer system over the next fifteen years.
Miami-Dade Commissioners approved a $5 million payout to make the necessary repairs to the Adrienne Arsht center after it suffered major damage during a May deluge.
Miami-Dade county has been called the place where any problem can be solved by the jerk of a knee, and Tuesday, Miami-Dade commissioners found a new twitch. In 10 days, the county plans to require shopping centers to put barricades between cars and shoppers to prevent out-of-control drivers from driving into storefronts.