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FIRST STREET BRIDGE: The Florida Department of Transportation celebrated on Friday completion of new First Street Bridge. The $78 million project that started in May 2019 replaced a 1929 bascule bridge, built a new bridge tender’s house, installed seawalls along the Miami River and new riverwalks under the bridge, provided sidewalk connections to the bridge deck and Miami Greenway under the bridge, improved stormwater drainage and street lighting, and created an exclusive bicycle lane between Southwest Fifth Avenue and Second avenues.
JUNETEENTH OFFICIAL IN GABLES: The City of Coral Gables has made Juneteenth (June 19) an official holiday for all employees. Juneteenth commemorates the end of any slavery in the US and has long been an important holiday in the Black community, as a time for celebration rather than mourning and remembrance, according to a Coral Gables memo. The date has already been designated a federal holiday and a Miami-Dade County holiday.
RIVER LANDING TROLLEY STOPS: The free Miami Trolley this week added two stops at the River Landing Shops & Residences on each of two routes, the Health District and Stadium routes. Each route runs Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
MOBILITY HUB ART DISPLAY: A minimum funding of 1.5% of the Coral Gables Mobility Hub project’s $40 million budget per code is set to go toward an artist and artwork selection process, public art acquisition and installation, education, and outreach. The Cultural Development Board voted in favor of the public art development, which prompted city officials to move the resolution to the next phase of the art selection.
FREEBEE ROLLS ON: Coral Gables residents and visitors will still have Freebee as an on-demand public transportation service option. City staff got the OK to negotiate and execute a month-to-month extension with the free ride service as they evaluate potential options to continue its ongoing free “last mile” public transportation service within the downtown after they extend agreement for two one-year terms; its most recent term expired Dec. 31.
DRIVE-UP WIFI: Miami-Dade County libraries are offering drive-up WiFi for people on the go. Marked parking spots designate the free WiFi, and from there residents and visitors can use their computers, phones, tablets or anything that requires internet from their car. “Our library system has a robust infostructure that enables connectivity from even the parking lots,” said Ana Chammas, govtech innovation director of the Miami-Dade County IT Department. “It was especially busy during covid’s quarantine. In terms of funding, the state provides a level of reimbursement for public service access.”