GENERAL COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2000
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
Phil Everingham, Vice Chairperson, called the Miami River Commission meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2000, at the Downtown Development Authority, First Union National Bank Building, Suite 1818, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.
|Miami River Commission Policy Committee members and/or Designees attending were:|
(non-voting) members: Cdr.
Mike Miles, USCG, MSO Miami
Others attending interested in the River:
I. CHAIRS REPORT
|Approval of Minutes|
|Phil Everingham opened the meeting and stated that a quorum is present. Mr. Everingham asked for the approval of the minutes of the October meeting. Sandy O’Neil moved approval, which was seconded by Gary Winston. There being no objection, the October minutes were approved.|
Mr. Everingham gave an update on the letter to the State Ethics Commission. He said that Mr. Parks is in the process of getting input from several different sources on the content of the letter to ensure the subject is covered properly and the questions are properly articulated. The letter has not been sent at this time and the issue still pends.
II. Downtown Transportation Issues
Introduction of Mr.
Dusty Melton - Jose Padilla, Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber
of Commerce Downtown Transportation Committee is out of town and his
presentation will be placed on next month’s agenda.
Mr. Everingham introduced Dusty Melton, who has volunteered to be a pro bono political advisor for the Miami River Commission (MRC) with regards to the county and city. Dusty advised the MRC about his qualifications and his background. Next, he gave a presentation concerning his recommendations concerning MRC activities and opportunities to improve local politicians understanding of the Miami River and the various improvement programs initiated by the MRC. Dusty feels that it is important for the MRC to identify and start cultivating political resources. Mr. Melton went over the available resources and the less obvious resources. He felt that all political members must know what the MRC needs and that the MRC’s goals be established in a simple, understandable format and in writing. Mr. Melton suggested that all the MRC members need to do a little better job of looking for opportunities to make the MRC’s agenda part of the political dialogue. Mr. Melton is happy to be a part of the MRC and working with everyone. The MRC members applauded Dusty’s presentation and welcomed him as part of the MRC team.
Discussion was held regarding Mr. Melton’s comments. Mr. Bunnell said that the MRC might need to dovetail, as Mr. Melton said, the help that he can give the MRC in Miami with perhaps someone in Tallahassee. It was mentioned that the calendar for the Dade Delegation meetings in Miami should be out soon and everyone should be in attendance or a representative to discuss the issues of the MRC. Sandy O’Neil stated that November 21st everyone is going to be sworn in and will start their committee meetings. Mr. Bunnell stated that he feels the MRC needs a lobbyist in Tallahassee. Mr. Miller reminded everyone to keep the MRC staff advised of the various issues and meetings, so there will be no confusion and everyone is working together.
III. RIVER REAL ESTATE OVERVIEW
Everingham stated that there is a lot of real estate activity going on up
and down the River. He
introduced Jackie Huttoe and Ed Boen from Arvida Realty Services. Ed Boen started the presentation and stated that Arvida has
been active in real estate for over 20 years.
A handout was provided that included properties for sale and
recently sold in the Miami River corridor. On the south side of the river
there is a lot of land accumulation occurring and many real estate deals
pending. Ed then introduced
Jackie Huttoe, also from Arvida. Jackie
provided more detailed information about each property listed in the
handout and some general information about the projects planned for the
downtown area of the river. All
of the currently planned downtown developments along the River are mixed
use, with retail on the lower floors and offices and apartments on the
Miami River Map
Project- David Miller stated
that MRC staff is in the process of putting together a proposal to put out
a new Miami River map. The
MRC can place on the map whatever the MRC wants to highlight such as
historical locations, greenway, parks, etc.
Also, there will be room to provide a description of the MRC and
pictures and commentary on the greenway, dredging, shipping industry,
urban infill initiatives, etc. David solicited input from the members on what they would
like to see on the map. Sallye
Jude suggested a space to advertise the MRC and allow other people to call
and volunteer to help the MRC mission.
At the Executive Committee meeting it was discussed that we could
sell advertising and use those profits to help pay our Tallahassee
lobbyist, as these funds would be unencumbered funds.
A motion was made by Sandy O’Neil to approve the MRC producing
and printing a Miami River map with MRC information included and selling
advertising. Jim Murley
ensued. Phil Everingham discussed other options that were discussed
by the Executive Committee to raise funds and one idea was to send out a
solicitation letter. Gary
Winston was tasked by the Executive Committee to research the legality of
the solicitation letter. Gary
Winston stated that there is no statutory prohibition for a group to
IV COMMITTEE REPORTS
Working Group -
Bunnell reported that the County Commission approved a resolution
authorizing the use of a parcel of land for the dredged sediment
temporary storage site. There
is a section of the resolution that includes the following condition: “…before the Board of County Commissioners approves a
Project Cooperation Agreement it will conduct a Public Hearing at which
the Board will plan consider details to be submitted by the County
Manager and others pertaining to traffic, odor, a mitigation plan for
the neighborhood, employment of community residents, the ultimate
location for disposition of project material and other appropriate
issues”. This public
hearing will take place when the Corps gets all the information from the
County and completes the project design.
The County also has to obtain property on the river for unloading
and transporting the sediments from a barge on the river to the
temporary storage site. The
river site is about 150 – 200 yards distance from the temporary
storage site and the dredged material will most likely be pumped to the
temporary storage site. The
lease for obtaining the river site is still under negotiation. It is hoped that the County Manager will approve a lease
agreement soon. Once
the County has the land package together, this information can then be
formally relayed to the Army Corps and the Corps can then complete the
application for the Water Quality Certification to the Florida Dept. of
Environmental Protection (FDEP). It
is hoped that 6 months from now FDEP will approve the water quality
certification and actual dredging can occur in 9-12 months from now.
of Life -
Stormwater - David Miller said they are still working on the Upper Wagner Creek Water Quality report. A draft has gone through committee and more information has been requested from the different agencies. The report is progressing forward.
Impact Study -
V. NEW BUSINESS
Dusty Melton advised the MRC that the people who “wrote the book” on waterfront development are reviewing design criteria for Bicentennial Park. Commissioner Winton is conducting hearings on Bicentennial Park development and this may be something that MRC members should attend. These waterfront development experts will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is an official public hearing to hear their presentation and ask questions and importantly, get their thoughts on waterfront development in Miami.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.