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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:February  12, 2020
 



SUBJECT:

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, APPROPRIATING FUNDING, AND APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING (AND, AS TO CERTAIN AGREEMENTS RETROACTIVELY APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING) THE CITY MANAGER, OR HIS DESIGNEE, TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT FUNDING (INCLUDING MATCHING FUNDS AND ANY RELATED CITY EXPENSES), AND EXECUTE ANY AND ALL DOCUMENTS OR AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOLLOWING GRANTS, PROGRAMS, AND AGREEMENTS: 1) FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, COUNTY INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM, IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $2.1 MILLION; 2) BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES, ASPHALT ART INITIATIVE, IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $25,000; 3) THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION, DATA FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT GRANT PROGRAM,  IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $150,000; 4) MIAMI BEACH VISITOR AND CONVENTION AUTHORITY, TOURISM ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $75,000; 5) U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE, IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $180,000 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020 FUNDING; AND, 6) RENEWAL OF THE CHILDREN’S TRUST YOUTH ENRICHMENT GRANT PROGRAM IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $372,000.


RECOMMENDATION

Adopt the Resolution.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

The City of Miami Beach applies for various grants and funding allocations from external agencies and organizations.  Information regarding the projects and funding sources are included in the Analysis Section of this Agenda Item.


ANALYSIS

1. Florida Department of Transportation, County Incentive Grant Program in the approximate amount of $2.1 Million for the 23rd Street Complete Streets Project and the Chase Avenue/34th Street Shared Use Path Project.

 

Florida Department of Transportation’s Country Incentive Grant Program provides grants for local projects that relieve congestion on the State Highway System. To be eligible for consideration, municipalities must apply through their respective Counties.  Projects must be consistent, to the maximum extent feasible, with local transportation planning organization plans and local government comprehensive plans.  The City is requesting funds for the following projects:

 

23rd Street Complete Streets Project - $1,516,000

 

The City is requesting funds for the 23rd Street Complete Street Project.  The project will dramatically improve traffic flow and provide more safety to pedestrians on 22nd Street, 23rd Street and Park Avenue.   Project components include, but are not limited to signal timing modifications, traffic calming improvements and new bicycle lanes.  The project will reduce greenhouse gases and improve environmental resiliency.

 

The total project cost is $3,032,000. The City is requesting funding in the approximate amount of $1,516,000. Matching funds in the amount of $1,516,000 are required by this grant and the match is available from City of Miami Beach GO Bond #43, Capital Project No. 68619.  

 

The Chase Avenue and 34th Street shared Use Path Project - $570,111

 

The City is requesting funds for the Chase Avenue and 34th Street Shared Use Path Project. The project consists of a new shared-use path along the south side of both Chase Avenue and 34th Street that provides multi-modal connectivity between the proposed Alton Road Shared-Use path to the south and the existing green bicycle lanes on Prairie Avenue to the east.  The project also includes traffic calming improvements along with pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements at the intersection of Alton Road/Chase Avenue/North Bay Road.

 

The total project cost is $1,140,222. The City is requesting funding in the approximate amount of $570,111. Matching funds in the amount of $570,111 are required by this grant and the match is available from City of Miami Beach GO Bond #43, Capital Project No. 68619.

 

2. Bloomberg Philanthropies, Asphalt Art Initiative Grant Program in the approximate amount of $25,000 for the North Beach: One City, One Community, One Team Project.  

 

The Asphalt Art Initiative Grant Program is designed to fund visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in small- and medium-sized U.S. cities with the goal of improving street and pedestrian safety, revitalizing and beautifying underutilized public space, and promoting collaboration and civic engagement in local communities.

 

The City is requesting funds for the revitalization and beautification of the lot located at 82nd Street and Collins Avenue in the approximate amount of $25,000. The project will include the selection of an artist, design and installation of the art.  An artist or several artists may be selected to develop a proposal for the project or produce the desired works of art through a Call for Artists. The City’s Art in Public Places Committee will be responsible for the creative vision of the project.  The Administration will engage the community in the surrounding neighborhood throughout the project’s planning, development and implementation by hosting a community meeting to obtain input from the residents on the artwork image for the lot.  Matching funds are not required.

 

3. The Knight Foundation, Data for Civic Engagement Grant Program, in the approximate amount of $150,000 to develop a Best Practice Standard for Municipal Bond Program Communication.

 

The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots and is looking for new ways in which they can transform how data is collected and used to build stronger, thriving, and more engaged communities.

 

The City is requesting funds for the development of a best practice standard for municipal bond program communication, using www.GOMBInfo.com as a model.  The Administration is requesting funding, in the approximate amount of $150,000 to expand and upgrade the existing Open Data Dashboard system to include features such as GIS mapping and dynamic visualization features. This would provide citizens, project manager, bond investors and the community with an invaluable tool to monitor the GO Bond Program.  This grant does not require matching funds.

 

4. Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Tourism Advancement Program, in the approximate amount of $75,000, for the No-Vacancy, Miami Beach Project.

 

The mission of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is to encourage, develop and promote the image of Miami Beach locally, nationally and internationals as a vibrant community and superb tourist destination.  The MBVCA proactively recruits, develops, promotes and financially supports and partners with events, festivals, programs and activities that are innovative, high quality and representative of our city and garner positive or noteworthy media awareness and enhances the city’s reputation.

 

The Administration is requesting funding for ‘No Vacancy’, a contemporary art project that invites the public to experience Miami Beach’s hotels as destination art spaces by turning hotels into temporary cultural institutions.  Art will be exhibited throughout ten hotels in Miami Beach and will be free and open to the public.   The City is requesting $75,000 for artists, installation, marketing and project management. Matching funds are required.  Matching funds in the amount of $75,000 are available from Account Number: 011-0383-000374-25-406-551-00-00-00.

 

5. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Urban Area Security Initiative, in the approximate Amount of $180,000 for Fiscal Year 2020 funding.

 

The Administration requests approval to submit a grant application to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Urban Area Security Initiative, Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Program, in the approximate amount of $180,000, for the City’s Homeland Security Priorities.

 

The Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Program is funded through the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security and funds are intended to assist high-threat, high-density Urban Areas to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.

 

The federal government allocates funding to the different Urban Area groups based on a risk-based methodology. UASI funds assist in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. The Administration has been notified that additional funding for the Fiscal 2020 grant program may be available and the City is therefore requesting the additional funding, in the approximate amount of $180,000 as part of a collaborative effort with the Miami Urban Area Working Group. The City will be utilizing the additional grant funds for Miami Beach security initiatives, including physical security enhancements to City Hall and increasing the capability of the City’s emergency response departments. The project will improve the capacity and capability of the City’s teams and lead to more positive outcomes.  Matching funds are not required for this grant.

 

6. Renewal of the Children’s Trust Youth Enrichment Grant Program in the approximate of $372,000 for the City’s All Start Program.

 

The City of Miami Beach is requesting a renewal grant from The Children’s Trust for the All Stars Youth Enrichment Program in the amount of $372,000 for the service period of August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021. Through a structured design of evidence-based and outcomes-driven practices and strategies, All Stars seeks to promote the academic success and positive personal development of underserved youth within the community. During the school year, All Stars serves approximately 135 Nautilus Middle School students through its afterschool program housed within the school. During the afterschool program, highly interactive, skill building activities are provided in the following focus areas: academics, social-emotional learning, STEAM, fitness, entrepreneurship, and community service. During the summer, All Stars serves approximately 35 middle school-aged youth throughout the community through its STEAM program at Miami Beach Regional Library.

 

During the summer, youth have an opportunity to learn, create and make, through experiential and project-based learning activities using science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Meals and transportation are provided for both the afterschool and summer program. Through funding from The Children’s Trust and partnerships with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Miami-Dade Public Library System, the City is able to provide all program offerings at no cost to the community’s families. The City is requesting renewal funding in the approximate amount of $371,089. Match funds are not required.


CONCLUSION

Based on the aforestated analysis, the Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission adopt the Resolution appropriating funding and approving and authorizing the City Manager or his designee to apply for and accept funds and execute all documents or agreements in connection with the grants, award programs and funding requests.


Applicable Area

Not Applicable
Is this a Resident Right to Know item? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
No No 
Legislative Tracking
Grants and Intergovernmental Affairs

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