City commissioners pass a resolution to make South Florida 51st state

south-florida-51st-state[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n response to the ban on state agencies using terms such as “climate change” and “global warming,” and rising tides, Vice Mayor Walter Harris pushed for a resolution to make South Florida 51st state,which was supported by Mayor Phil Stoddard, and Commissioner Bob Welsh, the resolution requests that the Miami-Dade County League of Cities form a committee to investigate the possibility of the creation of South Florida as the 51st state.

Harris expects more local communities to also adopt the resolution. “This is the way that we can get communities involved without them having to feel like they’re not going to get any help from Tallahassee,” Harris said in a Mar. 17 commissioners meeting.

Although it is unlikely that South Florida will become its own state, Commissioner Welsh believes that the threat of it will make an impact. “My observations throughout history is that governments only really reform when they are existentially threatened…” Welsh said in response to Harris.

According to scientists at the University of Miami’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, South Florida will be among the regions of the world most severely affected by climate change. In fact, Senior Researcher Brian McNoldy recently reported that the Virginia Key sea levels have risen four inches since 1996 and continue to rise at an accelerated rate, making South Florida the fourth largest population most vulnerable to sea level rise in the world.

The problem is further complicated by South Florida’s porous limestone rock that can cause rapid flooding. With sea levels expected to rise three to six feet by the end of the century, this could be a major issue for many surrounding communities.

While Governor Rick Scott denies the ban on such terminology, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reported on Mar. 8 that at several state agencies, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials have been ordered not to use the terms “climate change,” “global warming,” “sea level rise” or “sustainability.”

South Miami city officials see this ban as a direct disregard for environmental issues the region faces and hope the threat of creating a new state will have an effect locally and in Tallahassee.


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  1. CITY OF SOUTH MIAMI PARKS AND RECREATION ONE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER
    DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS FOR PRICE PROPOSAL SHEET BLACK VS WHITE
    OPERATING IN CRA AREA VS OPERATING IN NON CRA AREA
    February 18, 2014 Re: City of South Miami South Miami Grey Ghosts Soccer Program Please be advised that our records indicate that as of February 18, 2014 there is an outstanding balance of $85,460.00.
    MANAGEMENT OF SOCCER PROGRAMS AT DOWNRITE/SOUTH MIAMI PARK
    RFP NO. PR-2014-01 South Miami United F.C., Inc. 7440 NW 8 Street Miami, Florida 33126 Bid submitted on behalf of: SOUTH MIAMI UNITED F.C., INC. February 28, 2014 (Florida Department of State Division of Corporations Florida Profit Corporation SOUTH MIAMI UNITED F.C., INC. Filina Information Document Number P14000014906 FEI/EIN Number NONE Date Flied 02/17/2014 Principal Address 2525 PONCE DE LEON BLVD. 1040 CORAL GABLES, FL 33134 Officer/Director Detail Name & Address Title P MASERI, SERGE R 2525 PONCE DE LEON BLVD, SUITE 1040 CORAL GABLES, FL 33134) PRICE PROPOSAL SHEET Respondents to this RFP must complete .and include this Price Proposal Sheet wIth their submittal. Failure to do so shall render the Proposal non-responsive and the Proposal shall be rejected from further consideration. Annual Amount Year I (12 Months) $30K, Year 2 (12 Months) $35K, Year 3 (12 Months) $40K, TOTALS $105K Optlon-to-Renew One (I). Two (2) Year Option (24 Months) Year 4 (12 Months) $40K, Year 5 (/2 Months) $40K END OF SECTION.

    WHY THE DIFFERENT PRICE PROPOSAL SHEET FOR THE SAME?

    CITY OF SOUTH MIAMI Basketball Management Services RFP #PR-20 15-03 Addendum No. I March 9, 2015 Exhibit 4 PRICE PROPOSAL SHEET Basketball Management Services RFP #PR-20 15-03 Respondents to this RFP must complete and include this Price Proposal Sheet with their submittal. Failure to do so shall render the Proposal non-responsive and the Proposal shall be rejected from further consideration. Annual Amount
    Year I (9 Months) $30,000 (plus I 15 Free Scholarships annually)
    Year 2 (9 Months) $35,000 (plus 120 Free Scholarships annually)
    Year 3 (9 Months) $40,000 (plus 125 Free Scholarships annually)
    Totals $105,000 (plus 360 free scholarships)
    *Youth scholarships are offered to low income residents in the South Miami community. Option-to-Renew: One (I). Two (2) Year Option (24 Months) Year 4 (9 Months) $40,000 (plus 125 free scholarships) Year 5 (9 Months) $40,000 (plus 125 free scholarships) PAYMENTS TO THE CITY The monetary consideration paid to the City of South Miami shall be provided to the City at two specific dates. First payment, consisting of 50% of the agreed annual amount, shall be due on or before the first 5th day of the month following the month of registration. The second payment, consisting of the remainder (50%) of the agreed annual amount, shall be due on or before the first 5th day of the month following the month of registration. THE FAILURE OF THE CONTRACTOR TO MAKE FULL AND TIMELY PAYMENT, OR IN THE EVENT OF ANY OTHER MATERIAL BREACH OF THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS SHALL AUTHORIZE THE CITY TO AWARD THE CONTRACT TO ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY AND/OR TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY TO TAKE OVER THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SOLICIT THE PARTICIPATION OF THE SAME INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE PARTICIPATING WITH THE CONTRACTOR. ANY AGREEMENT WITH THE CONTRACTOR'S PARTICIPANTS TO RESTRICT THEIR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANOTHER PROGRAM OR THAT FORFIETS ANY FEES PAID BY THE PARTICIPANT TO THE CONTRACTOR FOR SERVICES NOT PERFORMED BY THE CONTRACTOR SHALL BE VOID IF THE CITY AWARDS THE CONTRACT TO ANOTHER PERSON OR IF THE CITY TAKES OVER THE PROGRAM DUE TO A MATERIAL BREACH OF THE CONTRACT.
    All Payments must be delivered to the City's Finance Department located at City Hall, 6130 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FI 33143. Each Respondent to this RFP shall set forth the proposed consideration
    on the "Proposed Pricing Sheet."

  2. IS IT ILLEGAL TO HAVE DIFFERENT PRICE SHEETS PAYMENTS TO THE CITY REQUIREMENTS ON LEASE AGREEMENTS WHEN THE AMOUNT OF FEES TO BE PAID ANNUALLY TO THE CITY OF SOUTH MIAMI ARE THE SAME FOR USE OF CITY PARKS? THE FOLLOWING PRICE SHEET REQUIREMENTS ONLY APPLIES TO MIAMIBASKETBALLNET INC AND NOT TO ANY OTHER LEASE HOLDER AND RENTAL AGREEMENT IN THE CITY OF SOUTH MIAMI PARKS DEPARTMENT AT PALMER PARK, DANTE FASCELL PARK, AND SOUTH MIAMI PARK
    RFP PR 20 15 03 PAYMENTS TO THE CITY The monetary consideration paid to the City of South Miami shall be provided to the City at two specific dates. First payment, consisting of 50 PERCENT of the agreed annual amount, shall be due on or before the first 5th day of the month following the month of registration. The second payment, consisting of the remainder 50 PERCENT of the agreed annual amount, shall be due on or before the first 5th day of the month following the month of registration. THE FAILURE OF THE CONTRACTOR TO MAKE FULL AND TIMELY PAYMENT, OR IN THE EVENT OF ANY OTHER MATERIAL BREACH OF THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS SHALL AUTHORIZE THE CITY TO AWARD THE CONTRACT TO ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY AND/OR TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY TO TAKE OVER THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SOLICIT THE PARTICIPATION OF THE SAME INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE PARTICIPATING WITH THE CONTRACTOR. ANY AGREEMENT WITH THE CONTRACTOR'S PARTICIPANTS TO RESTRICT THEIR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANOTHER PROGRAM OR THAT FORFIETS ANY FEES PAID BY THE PARTICIPANT TO THE CONTRACTOR FOR SERVICES NOT PERFORMED BY THE CONTRACTOR SHALL BE VOID IF THE CITY AWARDS THE CONTRACT TO ANOTHER PERSON OR IF THE CITY TAKES OVER THE PROGRAM DUE TO A MATERIAL BREACH OF THE CONTRACT. All Payments must be delivered to the City's Finance Department located at City Hall, 6130 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FI 33143.
    Each Respondent to this RFP shall set forth the proposed consideration on the Proposed Pricing Sheet City of South Miami Regular Commission Meeting TUESDAY APRIL 7 2015 C RESOLUTION S PUBLIC HEARING S 056 15 14395 13 A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a three 3 year contract with MiamiBasketball net Inc for the management of basketball services at the Gibson Bethel Community Center 3 5 City Manager Parks Recreation Moved by Mayor Stoddard, seconded by Vice Mayor Harris the motion to approve this item passed by 5 0 vote Commissioner Edmond Yea Vice Mayor Harris Yea Commissioner Liebman Yea Commissioner Welsh Yea Mayor Stoddard Yea
    RFP PR 20 15 03 REVENUE MiamiBasketballnet Inc has proposed to pay the City a total fee of $105,000 to utilize the indoor gymnasium at the Gibson Bethel Community Center from April 2015 through December 2017.

    City of South Miami City Commission Meeting March 18 2014 0645 PM RESOLUTION S PUBLIC HEARING S Moved by Commissioner Welsh seconded by Mayor Stoddard the motion to approve Resolution No 49 14 14143 authorizing the City Manager to enter into a three 3 year contract with South Miami United FC Inc for the management of youth soccer programs at Downrite South Miami Park passed by a 5 0 vote Yea Mayor Stoddard Vice Mayor Harris Commissioner Welsh Commissioner Liebman Commissioner Edmond Nay None
    South Miami United F C Inc will pay the City a fee of $105,000 for the use of the complex at Downrite South Miami Park City of South Miami

    FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET BY DEPARTMENT REPORT THROUGH MARCH 31 2015 DETAIL LISTING PERIOD 6 CLASSIFICATION 3472650 S MIAMI PARK RENTAL ADOPTED BUDGET 32,500 BUDGET ADJUST 0 AMENDED BUDGET 32,5000 MONTH TRANS 15,105 YTD ENCUMB 0 YTD TRANS 15,105 BUDGET BALANCE 17,395 PERCENT USED RCVD 46

    FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET BY DEPARTMENT REPORT THROUGH MARCH 31 2015 DETAIL LISTING PERIOD 6 CLASSIFICATION 3472620 – TENNIS COURT FEES ADOPTED BUDGET 22,000 BUDGET ADJUST 0 AMENDED BUDGET 22,000 MONTH TRANS 2,230 YTD ENCUMB 0 YTD TRANS 12,179 BUDGET BALANCE 9,821 PERCENT USED RCVD 55

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