Have you heard? Amazon is looking for a new headquarter city to complement their main offices in Seattle. I believe that Miami is the perfect partner for Amazon with our development capacity downtown and proximity to local, regional, and international transit. Amazon would bring 50,000 jobs to the area to employ the graduates of our many universities. They have invested over $30 billion dollars in the Seattle area over the past six years. This partnership could transform the City of Miami.
Many cities will bid on this relocation. Over the next week, as Vice Chairman of the City of Miami Commission, Chairman of the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, and Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, I am proffering resolutions in support of the Beacon Council’s proposal to attract Amazon, and offering the resources of my staff to help develop the bid package.
Storm debris removal is not happening fast enough. The dangers posed by the debris in our streets is obvious. I will be bringing an urgent pocket resolution, directing the city manager to bring on more contractors and more quickly to help make the city safe and clean.
On Sept. 19, the Commission conducted its first budget hearing to discuss next year’s proposed budget. I am suggesting several amendments for my colleagues to consider at this week’s final budget hearing, which begins after 5 p.m.. These include:
Notification and Transparency
- Funding for an IT contractor to optimize all notification processes
Quality of Life
- Adding Code Compliance resources during nighttime hours to address noise and other issues
- Hiring a Licensed Social Worker to help with Mental Health Homeless Outreach
- More funding for beds at Camillus House
- Hiring an Environmental Resource Specialist to reduce the processing time for tree permits
- Specialized training for Code Compliance officers on the tree-specific sections of the City Code
City of Miami Commissioner