FYI Miami: April 15, 2021

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GAS PRICE DIPS: Miami gas prices have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week to average $2.88, according to GasBuddy’s survey. Gas prices in Miami are 0.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and now are 93.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week to average $2.85. The national average is down 0.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.02 higher than a year ago.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOAN: Douglas Enclave LLC has received a $32.4 million construction loan from Ocean Bank for a 12-story building with 199 affordable rental apartments and an attached 170-space garage. Douglas Enclave, developed by Astor Acquisitions LLC at 61 NW 37th Ave. in Miami, is to offer 96 studio apartments, 53 one-bedroom apartments, 46 two-bedroom apartments and four townhomes. It is to have a pool and garden, a fitness and wellness center, a children’s playroom, a communal kitchen and lounge, coffee bar, and media lounge.

MANAGER INTERVIEWS: The six finalists to become Miami Beach’s next city manager will be interviewed by the commission Friday for roughly 30 minutes each, but no action will be taken by the committee. Each commissioner, according to a memo from Interim City Attorney Rafael Paz, has already had the chance for a one-on-one interview with the external candidates Jay Boodheshwar, Anthony Figliola and Michael Reese and internal candidates Alina Hudak, Eric Carpenter and John Woodruff. Questions will come from a master list that was created by all commissioners, which includes topics such as professional experience, resiliency and financial management. The access ID for the Zoom meeting is 81392857671#

LET’S NOT MEET: Citing a shortage of transportation-related issues “requiring immediate attention,” the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Governing Board will not hold its monthly meeting April 22, according to the board chairman, county Commissioner Oliver Gilbert III. “The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 20,” he said in a memo to the board’s vice chairman, Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, and other members. Two days after sending notice of Mr. Gilbert’s cancelation, TPO Program Administrator Zainab Salim sent word that planned meetings of the TPO Transportation and Mobility Committee and the TPO Fiscal Priorities Committee, both to have been held on Wednesday, would be canceled as well. The communiques included no explanation for why the meetings were nixed.

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