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Rickenbacker Toll Plaza and Bear Cut Bridge Traffic Advisory
Please be advised that, beginning on Monday March 31, 2014 and ending on or around Friday April 11, 2014, two lanes at the Rickenbacker Toll Plaza (lanes 5 and 6) will be closed to traffic as the Public Works and Waste Management Department (PWWM) begins demolition of the existing lane separator and resurfacing of the lanes to prepare for the installation of SunPass equipment. During the demolition and resurfacing, six toll lanes will be open at all times.
Beginning Monday, April 14, 2014, lanes 5 and 6 will be closed during weekdays for equipment installation. During weekends, PWWM will re-open lanes 5 and 6 so that all eight (8) lanes are operational.
On March 31, 2014, nightly lane closures for the Bear Cut Bridge Project will resume from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. These lane closures will occur every night through June 16, 2014. There will be one vehicular lane available in each direction.
For updates on the Bear Cut Bridge and West Bridge construction activities, visit the project website at http://www.bearcutbridge.com/ or call 3-1-1, the County’s Answer Center.
Bear Cut Bridge / Rickenbacker Causeway Construction Update:
The northern portion of the bridge will be opening this Thursday, March 13, 2014 (weather permitting) with a 14 foot wide north pathway. Pedestrians and bicyclists will now use the NEW 14-foot-wide shared-use path on the northern side of the bridge.
All pedestrians and bicyclists are requested to use the 14-foot-wide shared-use path. This will allow traffic to move freely across Bear Cut. Signs will be posted near the University Of Miami’s Rosentstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science directing pedestrians and bicyclists heading eastbound to cross to the northern side of the road. Signs will be posted across from the Marina directing pedestrians and bicyclists to use the path in the parkland to access the 14-foot Shared-Use Path.
Statement about the Coconut Grove Playhouse
I’m pleased to share that Miami-Dade County, in partnership with Florida International University (FIU) has reached the final step in a long process of transferring ownership of the Coconut Grove Playhouse from the State of Florida, to the County. This facility will be jointly run and managed by both the County and FIU, going forward. In a presentation today at the Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee Meeting, Cultural Arts Director Michael Spring reported that the County has completed all of the required Title transfer documents, and completed all of the required encumbrances from the State and the Title company. This will allow Miami-Dade County to satisfy the State and comply with the Cabinet’s requirements, in conjunction with the Title company. The encumbrances were initially well over $3.5 million, but through hard work and negotiations in good faith by all parties, the County has negotiated down the encumbrances to less than $120,000 in total.
Director Spring informed our office this afternoon that the State has just granted their approval of all of the documents, and the transfer is now complete. Miami-Dade County and FIU are now co-lessees. He also indicated that they have worked in conjunction with the State, every step of the way, to effect a smooth transfer of Title. Congratulations to Director Spring, along with all staff involved – job well done, and mission accomplished!
Onwards and Upwards – let’s move forward with the Playhouse and restore it for the benefit of all in our Community!
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct a public hearing on Jan. 21st
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct a public hearing to discuss the transfer of Brickell Avenue from FDOT to the City of Miami, from US1/I-95 to SR 90/SE 8th Street. The hearing will be held from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami – 609 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131. Open House – 6:30p Presentation – 7:00p.
Free Health & Wellness Fair in District 7
To all District 7 and Miami-Dade County residents - Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation Dept. is partnering with the Health Foundation of South Florida to present a Senior 55+ Health and Wellness Fair, to be held on Thurs., 1/16/2014, from 10a - 1p. This will be held at the Continental Park Community Center, located at 10000 SW 82nd Avenue Miami, FL 33156.
This is a FREE event, open to the public, and will feature exhibits by local health providers, Senior Exercise Demonstration, Healthy Aging Resource Presentations, Personal Safety Information, BMI Screening, Blood Pressure Testing, seminars on protection against Medicare fraud, and other services / vendors.
The One-Percenters in Government
In a personal statement, Commissioner Suarez provides his views on County salaries and proposals to cut workers' pay.
Bicycle Safety Plan
Commissioner Suarez encourages all Miami-Dade and District 7 residents to read through a preliminary draft of his Bicycle Safety Plan and provide personal feedback. Please send any and all praise, comments, or concerns to Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Aide, Donald Wolfe III.
Imagine Miami: A vision for the future of Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Suarez proposes several projects in various areas of Miami-Dade to enhance the region's natural beauty while adding practicality for residents, commuters, and visitors.
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