For info Miami: February 10, 2022

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Written by Miami Today on February 8, 2022

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NEAREST CONVENTION HOTEL: The Miami Beach Convention Center’s long-awaited headquarters hotel, which would rise at 17th Street and Convention Center Drive, providing a direct connection to the convention center and helping to bring more conventions and meetings, is set to open “likely in the second quarter of the year,” according to the COO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Rolando Aedo. Developers Terra Group and Turnberry are considering some subtle modifications to its original design and finishing plans before presenting it to the city, a project spokesperson said outside the office. The hotel, delayed due to the pandemic, should still be ready by 2025.

FEWER CRIMES IN THE COUNTY: Serious crime in areas patrolled by the Miami-Dade Police Department fell more than 16% last year, a trend of mostly double-digit increases interrupted only by a more than 25% increase in offenses forced sex. The total of 98 homicides was down 15% from 116 in 2020. The 766 robberies were down nearly 20% from 954 in 2020. The 3,654 aggravated assaults were 20% lower than the total of 4,576 in 2020. The 1,911 burglaries were 20% lower than 2,389 in 2020. The 17,555 thefts were almost 18% lower than the 21,312 in 2020. Motor vehicle thefts fell by almost 4% to 2,902. But reports of rape increased by more than 28%, from 436 to 560, and complaints of touching increased by 14%, from 196 in 2020 to 224 in 2021. The data, published in January, does not include crimes committed in areas where municipal police forces operate.

FARM AIRPORT: County commissioners just approved a 25-year, $500,000 lease for the Homestead Executive Jet Center, which already operates out of Homestead General Aviation Airport. The 1.77-acre lease requires the company to design and build a 12,000-square-foot hangar and aircraft apron from its facilities, to be used as an aircraft taxi and pavement parking on the land rented. All upgrades must be completed within 2.5 years. Twenty temporary jobs will be created during design and construction and four permanent jobs with an average salary of $35,000 to manage, maintain and operate the aircraft hangar and related facilities. The company would pay $7,555 in annual land and road rent, which is expected to generate a minimum of $188,878 over the term of the lease.

MEDICAL EXPERT: Mayor Daniella Levine Cava appointed Kenneth D. Hutchins MD Director of the Medical Examiner’s Department at the February 2 committee meeting. He has served as the Acting Chief Medical Examiner since September 2021. “His work throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the collapse of the Surfside building has honored the department’s mission to provide investigative services to accurate, timely, dignified and compassionate occupational deaths to the citizens of Miami-Dade County,” the mayor wrote.

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