TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH: The discussions about Florida International University’s expansion into the site currently occupied by the Youth Fair in Tamiami Park haven’t been able to come up with a solution that is acceptable to both parties. We leave you with comments from State Representative Jeanette Nuñez on this issue.

COMMISSIONER BOVO ON TRANSPORTATION: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo was on “Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM with Yoly Cuello.

Commissioner Bovo discussed different transportation plans the county has been working on. The first one the commissioner addressed was the proposal to start charging residents to use the Metromover in Downtown (read more here). Bovo said, “the proposal was presented by Commissioner Barbara Jordan in front of the Transportation Committee, and it did not receive the support she was expecting. The motion did not receive a second and basically the topic is now dead. Part of the argument against this proposal was that we promised the taxpayers that when we charged the half cent it was to continue providing the Metromover service free of charge. Ultimately, this has become a necessary service for our residents, tourists, business owners, and employees that work in the downtown area.” He continued, “transportation is a controversial topic when it comes to our governments’ involvement and I think that taking away something that was promised and that has been working so well for the residents, would be a mistake.” When asked about the next steps, Bovo responded, “we are figuring out how to gather the necessary funds to continue development. Many rules that have been implemented hinder our efforts to move forward. What I would like to do is provide an alternative that is not another bus. Most people would like to see an expansion of Metrorail, but it is extremely expensive and not the best use of the funds.” Bovo discussed other alternatives he has suggested for Miami-Dade County residents to stop depending on their cars. “These projects must be seriously considered and carried out. If nothing works, there will come a point in time when the voters will refuse to continue paying the half cent if we can’t deliver the promises made.”


Carlos A. Gimenez ‏@MayorGimenez  April 13
Read my memo regarding cruises to Cuba from @PortMiami http://ow.ly/d/4DwT 

Marc Caputo ‏@MarcACaputo  April 13
In letter to Miami-Dade atty, @MayorGimenez accuses @CarnivalCruise of discriminating against Cuban-Americans http://politi.co/260qH9L 

Rebeca Sosa ‏@RebecaSosaMiami  April 13
Video: Commissioner Sosa’s comments regarding Carnival Cruise Lines at yesterday’s #SPAGO comte https://www.facebook.com/commissionerrebeca.sosa/videos/10153371886362352/?l=7129132029215380 …

Doug Hanks ‏@doug_hanks  April 13
Update: Miami-Dade mayor calls on Carnival to cancel cruise to Cuba if Cuban-born Americans can’t buy tickets http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article71567862.html …

Miami Herald ‏@MiamiHerald  April 13
Lawsuit filed against Carnival for agreeing to discriminatory Cuba cruise policyhttp://hrld.us/1S6Uswj 

Fabiola Santiago ‏@fabiolasantiago  April 9
We didn’t come this far in the journey to make discrimation lead the way to the futurehttp://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fabiola-santiago/article70622582.html … @MiamiHerald @POTUS #Carnival

FIU VS. YOUTH FAIR: Yoly Cuello also spoke with Florida State Representative Jeanette Nuñez about Florida International University’s expansion on her show“Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.

Nuñez focused on how “over a year ago, the voters decided in favor of giving Florida International University the opportunity to expand its campus to the Youth Fair grounds. The university needs to continue growing and providing a future for the students in our community. They want to expand and add a new building for the engineering college (read more here).” She continued, “I know that the fair has a contract, which I feel is ridiculous because it spans 85 years. We are now focused on finding a new location for the fair.” Regarding funding to help move the fair, Nuñez stated, “in the legislature, my colleagues and I allocated money to help this project, but the university and the fair have not been on the same page when it comes to the relocation of the event. They suggested an area around Homestead and proposed a new idea for the fair that is positive. I believe the fair has lost favor when it comes to this fight. The governor allocated $20 million for FIU to expand and grow. If the fair doesn’t budge, I think it is time for the county to ensure that there is a solution.” Nuñez also praised FIU, “the school has always demonstrated that it is dedicated to the community. It now has a Law School and a Medical School, and allows students to get a quality education close to home, which helps them save money. FIU has the highest graduation rate for Hispanics in the United States. I feel that it is incredibly important to our community. FIU provides students with affordable quality education.” She concluded, “the fair should listen to the voters. The expansion was approved by over 55 percent of the voters, and over half a million people showed up to vote for this. We have to put it into perspective, this is a three-week long fair versus the expansion of a university. We have to put more sense into this and really change our priorities to where they should be.”