GENERAL COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
FEB. 5, 2001
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
Phil Everingham, Marine Council, Vice Chairperson called the Miami River Commission meeting to order, at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 5, 2001, at the Downtown Development Authority, First Union National Bank Building, Suite 1818, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Phil stated a quorum was present.
|Miami River Commission Policy Committee members and/or Designees attending were:|
Cleve Jones, III,
(non-voting) members: Captain
Larry Bowling, USCG, MSO Miami, Cdr.
Mike Miles, USCG,
Others attending interested in the River:
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
Mr. Everingham asked for the approval of the minutes of the January meeting. Jerry Fernandez moved the approval, seconded by Sallye Jude and there being no objection, the motion to approve the minutes passed unanimously.
II. DADE COUNTY PRESENTATION
Mr. Everingham introduced Robert H. Owen, Miami Dade County Public Works
Department, who gave an up-date on the Second Avenue bridge renewal.
Mr. Owen stated that this bridge project provides a new four-lane
bridge on N.W. Second Avenue over the Miami River.
It includes reconstruction of the roadway from S.W. 8th
Street to West Flagler Street.
The County hired design consultants, architects and engineers to
design the project.
Mr. Owen gave a brief history of what has transpired with regard to
The closure of the existing bridge will begin in September 2001
with completion expected in the fall of 2003.
The County needs to amend their agreement with the consultant to
provide construction phase engineering services.
A resolution was prepared by the Public Works staff to go before
the County Commission for approval and they plan to go to the Board
Mr. Owen’s is requesting that the MRC’s support the above
resolution to amend the contract with the bridge engineering consultants
prior to going before the Board of County Commissioners.
Discussion was held.
Under lighting of the bridge was discussed.
The bridge design was funded by the County, which cost close to $2
FDOT and the Federal Highway Administration will fund the $43
million to construct the bridge.
The County will maintain its operation.
Dr. Martin suggested incorporating the recommendation for the under
lighting in the Miami River Greenway Plan.
Dr. Martin made a motion to recommend the Public Works resolution
to amend the consultants contract and Jerry Fernandez seconded.
The motion and passed unanimously.
III. EMPOWERMENT ZONE
Everingham introduced Mr. Bryan K. Finnie, President of the Miami-Dade
Mr. Finnie represents the Miami-Dade Federal and County Empowerment
of the most important elements of the Empowerment Zone is the economic
opportunities provided by the Miami River. The Miami River cuts through
Mr. Finnie explained the purpose of the Zone.
They have an approved the project portfolio in excess of $123
They are working on the acquisition and renovation of DuPont Hotel.
There is a strong recommendation for the Marlins to identify site
in close proximity to the River.
They are a community based organization, but they are not a social
service organization. Mr. Finnie stated that money is not a problem.
They work differently that will work toward setting up programs
that describe investment opportunities that create jobs.
Discussion was held.
Dr. Martin stated that they have a plan for the Miami River
Greenway to be an economic development tool to create a new amenity along
the River where business would flourish.
With regard to the DuPont Plaza, they have recommendations that
they have been working with the owners of the property to the east to
accommodate the wider Riverwalk along there.
If they could get access to their Riverfront dockage in order to
have a continuous walkway that would connect to the bridge where there is
a plan to connect with the Hyatt and to go to the Lummus Park area, that
would be the desirable outcome.
Dr. Martin asked if Mr. Finnie could help in those negotiations so
they could see that their property is enhanced by having a public access
walkway along the River’s edge.
Mr. Finnie thought that they would be amenable to that suggestion.
Dr. Martin stated that the MRC has a full partner in the Trust for
Public Lands which is doing the negotiations.
They are making accommodations for this.
Discussion was held regarding the possibility of creating a tax
abatement for historic property in the Empowerment Zone.
This could keep a lot of properties in place by that added
Mr. Finnie stated that he would look into this and present it to
Mr. Finnie stated that generally funding is access to primarily two
One is that they have access to different neighborhood
boards or assemblies.
The DuPont is being done by this method.
The contact person for the Miami River is Jackie Rodriguez or Mr.
David Miller stated that the consultants that the Empowerment Zone
has are doing a very similar Urban Infill review with neighborhood
meetings and obtaining a visioning of the neighborhood for the areas that
they touch the River.
Mr. Miller said they are very happy to have Mr. Finnie present and
to be able to work with him.
Mr. Finnie stated that they now have to come in with a process
where everyone is notified of available resources and everyone has a
change to compete for the resources.
Mr. Finnie stopped the process, reissued their fees, soliciting
proposals and summarize them and give them back to local communities and
local community makes the decision as to who gets the resources.
If the assembly has already approved it, chances are the assembly
will approve the second request, but they now have a process that is open
air and everyone has a chance to compete.
This should be ready to go by April.
There are no conflicts whatsoever.
Dr. Martin brought up the Brownsville project.
Mr. Everingham thanked Mr. Finnie and asked him to let the MRC know
of anything it can do to help.
At this time, Mr. Everingham introduced the new Representative on the Commission for the City of Miami Mayor Carollo specifically, Jay Rhodes.
IV. CHAIRS REPORT
Miller advised that there are a couple of issues one of which was that
they put out their letter to the Ethics Commission that has been signed
Mr. Miller stated that there is a picture that was in the Miami
There is a man the owns Quick Park who paid for the ad.
It is a farce about the Miami River site saying that if you look
at it it shows traffic problems showing that this is the best place.
They don’t depict it properly in that there is no Metro Rail
Station there or people mover and indicates no parking and no access
which is not correct.
Mr. Miller and Mr. Bibeau would like to recommend that
on behalf of the MRC send a letter to Editor or a rebuttal to
Discussion was held. Sallye Jude moved that the MRC get in touch
with the paper and respond appropriately.
Jerry Fernandez seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Everingham stated in regard to the MRC Retreat just a reminder to get
everyone together to get an idea of where they stand as to what has been
accomplished so far in comparison with the Miami River City Commission
Report which is a working document.
The thought was to have a Retreat.
Mr. Miller stated that based on the meetings with the Executive
Committee, there was a date of 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd.
The Executive Committee would like it to be extended beyond the
Miami River Commission with City and County Officials and key people to
get a better understanding of the River.
The passed out a price listing of places being looked into close to
Mr. Everingham stated the purpose would be to put together an
action plan to see what they need to accomplish and how to accomplish or
Mr. Miller stated they used the
Miami River Study Commission which has been their guideline as to
an action plan.
It was to review what has been accomplished on that strategic plan
and to see if the MRC needs to make any course corrections or improve
things or go from there.
Funding should be a focus to obtain funding for their needs and
Storm Water is a big one.
It is important to have a facilitator to help facilitate the
meeting but do the follow up report.
Discussion was held regarding this.
It was felt that there should be an alternative date to accomplish
what they would like to accomplish.
Mr. Miller requested that the MRC decide on what they would like to
agreed that they need an in house session to see what the MRC wants to do
and what they need to do and some funding first.
They need a facilitator.
They feel that this could be done for the March 3rd
parties are welcome to attend.
IV. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Public Safety Working Group - Captain Bowling gave a brief report. They continue to work with the Law Enforcement Agency. There is renewed interest in are getting derelict commercial vessels off the River. The had a meeting in January and there is some activity going on with U.S. Customs as far as changing policy and procedures. There is some hope that maybe they will be able to streamline some procedures for vessels where they don’t end up on the River as long term problems. He would like to get some feed back from the MRC as there was a motion that they were trying to ask the Public Safety Working Group be merged with Quality Action Committee. The agenda items that they were dealing with in regard to the Public Safety Working Group were overlapping either in the Miami River Quality Action Team Group or in the Miami River Enforcement Group. Mr. Miller stated that this was discussed at the last meeting and it was tabled until Capt. Bowling and Gary Winston were both at the MRC meeting. One of the questions is the QAT’s position on a merger. This was discussed at the November meeting of the QAT. The issues that they are dealing with wasn’t going to change what they were doing on a monthly basis between those groups. Public Safety agenda would be absorbed into QAT. The QAT is an open forum. Discussion was held. Gary Winston made the motion that the Public Safety Working Group be merged with the Quality Action Team. The motion was seconded by Sandy O’Neil and passed unanimously.
and Grant Application -
Martin stated that four applications in the last month.
Two to the Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Committee in the amount of
$25,000 and $10,000 and both of these are for River Day activities.
Discussion was held.
Four big grants have been applied for.
Storm water - Sallye Jude stated that a report is going to be ready by April 1st. Mr. Miller stated that SFWMD has assisted and there is a draft report that has been sent for final comments to sub-committee members. Discussion was held. This is a very complex situation. The City of Miami is responsible for the Storm water system. Dade County is responsible for water and sewer and then certain things are the responsibility of the State by a State roadway. If you have a problem, it takes a while to figure out who is the actual agency that has to go and fix it. The same could be said for the dredging of the River. There are a lot of reasons the River is contaminated. The Corps of Engineers because it is Federal waterway, they are taking the lead role in getting it done. It looks like that needs to be done on the Storm water issue as well. The State would have to take the lead role. Discussion was held. Dr. Lipner is reviewing the final draft and a draft should be provided at the next meeting.
reported on One Riverview Square and the One Miami project.
Miller stated that the MRC web site (“MiamiRiverCommission.org” or
is up. It is being refined and changed.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m