The Transportation Section has primary responsibility for representing the County in all legal transactions and litigation involving the County's airport system, ports and transit. The County's airport system includes Miami International Airport, the largest U.S. gateway for Latin America and the Caribbean and one of the leading international passenger and freight airports in the world, as well as several general aviation airports, consisting of Opa-locka Airport, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Homestead General Aviation Airport and Dade-Collier Training &Transition Airport. Litigation typically involves commercial matters between the airports and air carriers, tenants and concessionaires over leases and concession activities. A significant amount of construction litigation is also involved, arising out of Miami International Airport's $5.2 billion capital improvement program. Substantial legal activity also involves environmental lawsuits against past environmental polluters, as well as assuring the airports' compliance with environmental laws. Our office also monitors compliance with Transportation Security Administration regulations and other federal statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to airports.
The Transportation Section also represents PortMiami, the busiest containerized cargo port in Florida, in a broad range of litigation, in both state and federal courts, arising from Port development and operations, including construction, commercial, bankruptcy, employment and labor, maritime, First Amendment, and dormant commerce clause matters. As General Counsel to the Port, the Transportation Section drafts or reviews a variety of contracts, leases and other agreements, and also drafts and defends County ordinances, tariffs and resolutions relating to the Port.
The Transportation Section also represents Miami-Dade Transit, the largest transit system in Florida which includes a 22-mile Metrorail, a fully automated downtown people mover, and an expansive regional bus system. The Section advises the Transit Department, the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on all aspects of procurement, including the drafting of bid documents, the counseling of selection committees, the negotiation of contracts, the litigation of bid protests and breach of contract cases involving a wide range of complex commercial and construction matters. The Section also drafts resolutions and ordinances related to transit and transportation issues as well as serving as counsel to the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust, the citizens' oversight board, which monitors the expenditures of the ˝ percent transit surtax.
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