There are small “cities” all over America where business is booming 24/7, money is available for capital projects, and local politicians of both stripes actually support growing businesses: Airports.
Well-trained and educated City planners, urged on by elected officials increasingly more sensitive to neighborhood issues, wield their regulatory swords to make sure that developers deliver well-planned and attractive projects – on paper. And, wow – is there a lot of paper!
On March 15, 2012, the Attorney General signed a final rule extending the date for compliance with the ADA’s new accessibility to swimming pool requirements (e.g., pool lifts) sixty days to May 21, 2012. Shortly thereafter, the Department issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to make the extension a total of 180 days which would… Continue Reading
The infamous “default clock” that was counting down the hours and minutes until the U.S. federal government was facing a default on its sovereign debt recently could also be applied to our local governments that are facing fiscal challenges which, if not addressed, could result, not in their default, but in their bankruptcy. The evidence of this can be found across our country but is especially pronounced in our community. At present, Miami-Dade County is facing a budget deficit of approximately $400 million, the City of Miami has invoked a “state of financial urgency” in order to address its deficit of $61 million, and even the City of Hialeah, once an example of fiscal prudence has succumbed to the recession’s effect on property values, and is dealing with a projected deficit of approximately $5 million for fiscal year 2011-2012.