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Community Council 12 $301 million BRT line protests staff cutbacks proposed for Kendall BY RICHARD YAGER special meeting to draft a resolution protesting Planning and Zoning staff cutbacks will be scheduled by East Kendall’s Community Council 12, following release of mayor’s county budget proposal designed to cover a $427 million shortfall within a $7.8 billion budget for the fiscal year 2009-10. The action came eight hours after release of Mayor Carlos Alvarez’s budget recommendation to the media and public at noon on July 15. The budget for the year which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2010 proposes 5 percent across-the-board county employee pay cuts and elimination of positions. “As I read it, the mayor’s proposed budget will be devastating for operation of community councils,” said council chair Elliot N. Zack, speaking at the beginning of the council’s July 15 session. “It would eliminate staffing of council meetings, meaning no agendas, recording of minutes, followup reports and all other responsibilities now handled by the Planning and Zoning Department staff,” he added. “This is incredible,” declared former chair Carla Ascensio-Savola who has fought for council recognition during a four-year term that will end in January following her decision to run for state office in 2010. “Some of our county commissioners simply do not want the councils to operate.” Council member Ileana Vazquez said,

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Youngsters learn about importance of recycling The Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management and MiamiDade Parks recently joined forces to teach 130 summer campers about the importance of recycling and proper waste management. The event was part of Miami-Dade Parks’ “Fit to Play, Green it Up” summer camps program, designed to teach children about the health benefits of going green. Pictured is Gayle Love of the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management explaining the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling to a group of summer campers at Continental Park.

iami-Dade County set a new record in June, reaching the largest monthly total tonnage for recycling since the county started curbside recycling 19 years ago. “We looked back all the way to May 1990 and found that this past June our curbside recycling program collected more recyclable materials than any other month

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$301 million Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line extending from Miami International Airport to SW 152nd Street near Miami Metrozoo has been proposed by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) consultant to help solve Kendall’s commuting issues and traffic overloads. Details were part of a 32-slide presentation made by Fred Silverman of Parsons Engineering Consultants of Miami and Wilson Fernandez, MPO strategic planner, to East Kendall Community Council 12 on July 15. The plan proposes conversion of an existing freight line corridor over an approximate 12-mile right of way to combine a BRT system that could accommodate linear parks with bike paths and pedestrian walkways.

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June a record month for recycling in county BY ROBERT HAMILTON

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before,” said Solid Waste director Kathleen Woods-Richardson. “We recovered 5,556 tons of recyclables in June 2009, a new record for Miami-Dade County.” The record comes as Miami-Dade County completes the first full year of its new single-stream curbside recycling program, where residents place all recy-

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BRT LINE, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PROTESTS, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The “Homestead Line” extension running south from MIA to Metrozoo steadily has gained resident support as an express bus corridor after extensive objections to the original MPO concept of operating a light rail commuter line along the corridor. Silverman pointed out that the 100foot right of way of the CSX line extends from SW 152nd Street north to SW 56th Street (Miller Road) but thereafter “has varying widths to as little as 20 feet, requiring different treatments” to complete the BRT system to the airport. Capital outlay financing for construction proposes a $243 million from threeway transportation sharing from federal sources (limited to $75 million), equal allocations of $84 million from MiamiDade County and Florida Department of Transportation, and a fourth allocation of $57 million derived from recreation funds. Annual operating and maintenance costs would require an approximate 2 percent increase in existing MiamiDade Bus operations and maintenance, estimated at $4.8 million per year, to include the purchase of 27 new

BRT-styled buses, much like commuter rail cars. “We are looking at a cost of about $25 million per mile with right-of-way costs,” Silverman noted. He compared that to an estimated $10 million per mile cost “for the last 10 miles of the South Dade Busway. The expensive part of the project is right-of-way cost.” In answer to a query about CSX contact and a willingness to negotiate rightof-way costs and use, Silverman concluded: “Present them with something first, then begin to talk.” The plan is part of a supplementary CSX Corridor Evaluation Study developing from an outgrowth of a 2007 Kendall-Link Study that was extended in July 2008 to evaluate feasible transportation options to link MIA and Kendall According to Fernandez, the review of rail corridor uses will be concluded in September with a final report on FEC rail rights of way and how they might inter-connect with Kendall Corridor plans proposed for southwest MiamiDade County. He said the current FEC Corridor study is primarily directed at creating bike paths and similar uses.

“Elimination of support personnel will effectively end non-zoning meetings.” Jose Garciga noted, “Non-zoning meetings are a crucial part of council services. Agreeing was Alberto Santana, among five members present. (Jose I . Valdes and Peggy Brodeur were absent.) At the urging of East Kendall Homeowner Association members led by former chair David Lyons, the five Community Council 12 members agreed to schedule a special session to draft a formal resolution objecting to staff cuts. The meeting would take place prior to September hearings by county commissioners on the budget. The key provision affecting community councils appears under a Planning and Zoning heading on Page 55 of a 64-page preliminary message signed by county manager George Burgess. It states: “As a result of the continued reduction in construction and related rev-

enues, the FY 2009-10 Proposed Resource Allocation Plan reflects the elimination of nine positions in Zoning ($754,000); elimination of one position in Legal Agenda Coordination/Community Councils ($58,000), one Clerk 4, one Legal Advisor, and one Planning and Zoning Services Coordinator ($289,000) from the Legal/Agenda Coordination/ Community Councils Division, and the reduction of miscellaneous operating expenses in Administration ($30,000); reductions will delay the preparation of resolutions and ordinances and will transfer certain legal responsibilities to the County Attorney’s office.” Seeking to validate the elimination, council members were advised by staff it appeared non-zoning support would be handled by existing department personnel. Owen Torres of the mayor’s communication staff was unable to comment prior to the Gazette’s deadline.

RECYCLING, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– clable items into one container. In fact, recycling totals surpassed 5,000 tons two other times since Miami-Dade’s single stream recycling program began in June 2008. “We collected more than 5,000 tons each in December of 2008 and January of 2009,” Woods-Richardson said. “Our single-stream curbside recycling program is already a great success, due to its convenience and the enthusiastic participation of our citizens who clearly care about protecting and preserving our environment.”

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AROUND TOWN Here we go folks! “Help Plan for Miami-Dade County’s Future!” (exclamation point and all) heads a handout proclaiming it’s time to update the MDC Comprehensive Development Master Plan and produce an Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) identifying the County’s major growth issues, listed as “land use, development, transportation, etc.” If it won’t spoil your vacation plans, the county wants your input August 2431 at five Town Hall meeting sites. Nearest to our neck of the woods: Thursday, Aug. 27, 6-8:30 p.m., South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211 Street; 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd.; and Monday, August 31, 6-8:30 p.m., West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. For details on how you can change the future, log on to the EAR web site: www.miamidade.gov/planzone/ear2010.asp. And all of your comments are welcome, declare our P&Z friends. Tip of the hat to South Miami by Eric Hansen, veteran parks planner who lives in West Kendall. While presenting an “Open Parks” slide show, Hansen tells the East Kendall Community Council “South Miami is doing it right” after the veteran parks planner took his wife to dinner at The Shops at Sunset Place and on the way, was surprised to walk by first-floor retail spaces until he realized they disguised upper levels of the city’s parking garage on SW 73 St. — just the way

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And now for the rest of the stadium story R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Once again the Miami-Dade County Commission was discussing the construction of the Florida Marlins’ ballpark. Commissioner Katy Sorenson asked the county manager a rather simple question: “What’s the total cost of financing going to be?” Would you believe his answer? “I don’t know off the top of my head.” Yet a week earlier the bond financing of the ballpark was completed. The answer: The total cost, over the life of the bond issue, will be $2.4 billion. In defense of the county, we can’t say, “What, I thought you guys said the cost was going to be only $525 million. How come it’s grown to $2.4 billion?” This is easily explained. For example, if you purchased a home with a new $300,000 mortgage at 6 percent interest you will pay, over the next 30 years, $657,000. So the number $2.4 billion is not the

number to focus upon. There are certain aspects of the financing that are important. For one thing the money we are borrowing to finance the ballpark is not being limited to building the park. Our county, in its infinite wisdom, must have said, “Hey guys, while we are borrowing money let’s increase the dollar amount and use some of the money to pay off the Performing Arts Center debt. No one will notice.” So, the $2.4 billion will be for more than the ballpark. Remember how so many homebuyers got into trouble with the “option” mortgage? They had the option to defer a large portion of the monthly payments to a future date and then when that date came, they couldn’t make the payments and lost their home? Well, the county is doing the same thing. Knowing that payments will be more than the bed tax can cover, the county has arranged repayment of the bond debt by deferring a large portion of the repayment to a future date. I guess they figure by that time the county will be receiving more revenue from tourists renting hotel rooms and can afford to make the increased payments.

––– VIEWPOINT ––– How does deferment work? Some $91 million of the $409 million borrowed to build the ballpark will be deferred to 2025. Rather than being paid off each year the interest will compound, interest paid on interest, until the cost balloons out of sight. That’s how the original projected $1.8 billion has soared to an estimated $2.4 billion. But what the heck it’s only money, and the commissioners and the county’s senior management will have retired or died by that time and all will be forgiven or, better said, “forgotten.” Now you know why so many knowledgeable, prominent members of our community have been against the project. Just look at a few of their names — Norman Braman, successful auto dealer, who spent his own money to fight the ballpark in court; Marty Margulies, successful real estate developer, has spoken against the ballpark since the beginning; Carl Hiaasen, popular newspaper colum-

nist, writes about the foolishness of the project, And, county Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, whose background as manager of the City of Miami, gave him the insight to see the shame of the ballpark project. Lastly, and probably the most perilous aspect of the project, is the infrequently mentioned source of money to repay the bond debt. If the bed tax revenues aren’t sufficient to pay the debt, the county has pledged our general revenue funds to cover payments. That’s the money used to pay for the operations of our county government. Big, big mistake!

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Watch WK Baptist Hospital construction via webcam BY RICHARD YAGER West Kendall’s Baptist Hospital is breaking new ground with technology advances in both construction and operations for the 2011 opening of its $160 million structure. The four-story hospital, under construction on a 30-acre site at SW 162nd Avenue and 96th Street, now gets its picture taken every 10 minutes. Instant building progress segments are recorded by an elevated video camera displaying a southwesterly view of the 282,000-square-foot building and campus. While the 80-bed capacity now is being built, the hospital has capability to add 53 in-patient beds for a capacity of 133, said Jason Virelli, assistant vice president for strategic planning, speaking during a July 13 meeting of the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA). He noted the expansion is due, in part, to a decision by Kendall Regional Medical Center to vacate its state approval for a similar 80-bed West Kendall facility. Answering a query about the hospital’s reputation as a “paperless” facility, Virelli noted, “We’re now analyzing pilot computer programs at other area facilities to adapt to the West Kendall hospital when it opens operations in two years. “While paper will remain where needed, the use of computerized records provide both safety and security factors for patient care, especially in documenting prescriptions and other medical treatment procedures.” Incorporating LEED building features, the hospital will create specialized “green” programs through plastic reduction, recycled paper and materials, hybrid vehicle use, waste management initiatives, and employee educational and event programming. Assuring nursing excellence “is anoth-

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Retailers open new locations at The Falls shopping center BY MICHAEL GOODMAN The Falls, one of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in the United States, recently announced store additions and innovative concepts that will add to this already popular destination. New stores include Teavana, Francesca’s Collection, Yankee Candle, Vera Bradley, Sparkle Plenty, Color Me Mine, Corn2Go, Fast Fix and Countrywide Gold Buyers. “The Falls continues to be a vibrant part of the Miami community, offering great shopping, dining and a place to meet,” said Julie Goldman, general manager at The Falls. “The opening of these nine new additions will only enhance the already celebrated shopping experience found at The Falls for residents and visitors alike.” Shoppers at The Falls may now indulge their senses with the opening of Teavana, offering only the best quality teas and tea accessories. Teavana is located close to Mayor’s Jewelers on the east side of the mall. Nationally recognized store, Francesca’s Collections, is now open next to Banana Republic. Since its founding in 1999, Francesca’s is one of the fastest-growing women’s fashion retailers in the country. With locations in over 27 states, Francesca’s provides its shoppers with an eclectic, carefully chosen assortment of treasured items including gifts, apparel, home accessories, and jewelry that reflect the most fashionable styles and desired items from all over the world. The Yankee Candle Company, offers shoppers the world’s largest selection of the best-scented candles. The opening of Vera Bradley — a leading manufacturer of handbags, travel bags and accessories — marks its first location in the state of Florida and 40th retail store throughout 18 states. Vera Bradley handbags, luggage and accessories recently have been seen on Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Samantha Who and in more than 20 feature-length films, as well as in celebrity gift lounges surrounding the 2008 Tony Awards, 2008 Daytime Emmys and 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Adding to the mall’s retail mix of almost 100 fine retail stores is Sparkle

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Sotheby’s International Realty teams with Frontgate Home Furnishing BY ALEXANDRA GARRIDO ONE Sotheby’s International Realty in Coral Gables, FL today announced the Sotheby’s International Realty network has a marketing agreement with Frontgate, a leading fine home furnishings distributor, to showcase some of the unique properties represented by its more than 10,200 sales associates located in nearly 500 offices in 39 countries and territories worldwide. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand and several of its fine listings will be featured in a series of Frontgate catalogs, beginning with the “June B” issue. This issue’s main article, written by Architectural Digest, showcases a Sotheby’s International Realty listing in Montecito, Calif., furnished by Frontgate. In addition, information on other brand listings is available throughout the catalog. Consumers are encouraged to visit the Sotheby’s International Realty microsite on the Frontgate Web site for more information on the featured home. Frontgate is part of Cornerstone Brands, Inc. (CBI), a family of direct marketers that ranks among this country’s top ten consumer direct firms. Today, Frontgate is the recognized leader in catalog and online shopping

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Audi A6 upgraded with fuel-efficient engines Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Just about everybody says the Audi A6 sedan is a great car to drive. It’s also comfortable and pleasing to the eye. After a week behind the wheel of the A6, we can only add our vote to the growing list of believers. For 2009, Audi has upgraded and revamped the A6, adding more efficient engines that cut fuel consumption by about 15 percent and improving the suspension by installing a new high-tech assistance system that gives the driver even greater control. The A6 has been a standout for Audi in the luxury sport sedan segment and the new model comes with several new styling accents, including a single-frame grille, bumpers, air vents and fog lights. The available daytime running lights have been redesigned as horizontal strips, each with six xenon LEDs. Other options

include Audi adaptive headlights, a cornering light system, and the high-beam assistant that automatically switches between the high and low beams. An aluminum-colored molding along the sides emphasizes the A6’s contour, while the lip on the trunk, integrated chrome strip on the bumper, broad diffuser and straight exhaust pipes are part of the revamped rear end. The interior of the A6 is spacious and elegant, and there is a lot of attention to detail. The armrests, for example, are soft and plush for extra comfort and the integrated headrest system reduces the danger of whiplash. Additionally, the seats can be upholstered with a new material and sport seats are available in Valcona leather. The instrument panel has highresolution graphics and a new frame to better accent the display. Chrome trim throughout, even on the steering wheel spokes, keys the overall luxury and inlays are available in either faux aluminum or luxury wood. The rear seats are also plush and the L-shaped headrests improve the driver’s rear view visibility. Audi offers a broad range of engine choices for the A6 — six gas and four

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diesels that use direct fuel injection, and cutting-edge FSI, TFSI and TDI technologies in a choice of four, six or eight cylinders, with stick shift, Tiptronic or highefficiency Multitronic transmission technologies available. At the same time, engineers have added new measures that cut fuel consumption for all A6 engines by about 15 percent. The smallest A6 gas engine is the 170hp 2.0 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder and the most powerful is the 350-hp 4.2 liter FSI V-8 engine. In the middle are two FSI V-6 engines — the 2.8 liter 190 hp version or the 3.0-liter 220 hp copy. Both fea-

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Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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Libra - You have money coming in and going out at nearly the same pace. You may be frustrated, but there are ups as well as downs this week so don't get too wrapped up in any unexpected setbacks. There is some lucky energy in the "investment and debt-load" sector of your chart.

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