State Of Florida Could Take Control Of Operations At Miami International Airport, If Lawmakers Agree

There could soon be new management in place at Miami International Airport – controlled from Tallahassee instead of Miami,  according to the Herald.

The airport is currently managed by Miami-Dade County, and lucrative concessions are overseen by county commissioners who are plied with large campaign donations.

Although a takeover of the airport appears to be under planning by Florida lawmakers, it won’t go down without a fight. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has added $2.4 million into next year’s budget for a taxpayer-funded “voter education campaign” to warn the public of the state taking control, the Herald reported.

PortMiami is also being considered for a state takeover.

The takeovers would need to be approved by Florida’s legislature. This year, a similar bill was passed for the state to takeover the Miami Dade Expressway Authority, which had been criticized for high tolls on local highways.

MIA currently has a 3.6 star ranking by users on Google Reviews, although a low ranking is typical for large U.S. airports (Fort Lauderdale’s rating is identical).

 

 

 

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Anonymous

It would be a disaster if people from the panhandle who never use this airport are in charge.

Miami Boy 3rd generation

I am into cultural affairs grants. There is a FN (Fox News) yahoo in Tampa area who keeps cutting the budget for grants. Time to break off and become a state of our own. Of course we would be total libtards if we include Broward and Palm Beach.
I thought DeSantis was a good guy. Let’s see.

Anonymous

Anybody who thinks it’s ok for the state to take over every major utility Miami has, just because it’s currently mismanaged needs a history lesson, they’re trying to take all the money we generate and spend it on the mainstreet of Belle Glade. The answer is reform in Miami, not concessions to the state. This is Qing China, get ready for Mao!

Anonymous

Well we already have an opiod problem, so all we need is a decades-long civil war killing each other and blaming it on the Japanese when they just stroll in and take control, expect it’ll probably be the Chinese or Russians.

Anonymous

TNM where is the comment moderation? You’re FOS.

Anonymous

What about this comment is offensive other than you don’t agree?

Anonymous

Spoken like someone who has never been to the Glades.

Anonymous

I’ve been to the Everglades and they’re beautiful, I’ve been to Belle Glade as well and not so much. If you love Belle Glade so much why don’t you move there?

Anonymous

To be honest,I live in City of Miami and have worked at MIA for over 30 years for a major airline there. That said MIami Dade county is incapable of policing themselves. Back almost 20 years ago when they bought in the administrator to run the airport, she began stepping on toes and they ran her out of here. Look up the definition of boondoggle and that’s MIA. I don’t know about the port. South Florida in general is very corrupt and I was born in Chicago, a corrupt city. Chicago could take lessons in corruption.

Anonymous

I mean, we’re the capital of South America, tbh I’m surprised we’re not more corrupt.

Anonymous

I’m more upset about the $2.4 million taxpayer funded propaganda… I mean “voter education”.

William

Yeah, that is nuts. The county spending money to tell us what they think is right or wrong… like the propaganda and stickers on the sales tax increase for public transpo.. when all it was.. was a tax increase..

Just a City Dude

TOTALLY AGREE! I read that and thought, “could there be a greater blatant misuse of tax money for a “cash-strapped” county?”

Anonymous

I think a stronger state oversight with local control of operations would be wise. Locals know what’s best, but a little oversight (to prevent corruption and mismanagement) can be a positive.

Anonymous

Port Miami is kicking A for the people of Miami Dade. The crackers just want a bigger piece of the pie. There is no corruption at the Port. Hasn’t been a scandal for 20 years. They put Carmen Miranda Lunetta on trial and he was A C Q U I T T E D. Not guilty!!!!

Anonymous

This is another reason why Florida must be divided into two states. Florida and SW Alabama.

Anonymous

And rid of career politicians. The same people always in control and do nothing but fill their pockets. Each position including the county commission should have a limited term and let young fresh leadership take over.

Anonymous

New term limits for County Commissioners go into effect starting with the 2020 elections.

Anonymous

Good!

Anonymous

Move to Commiefornia and tell me how great the state is managing money, better yet, move to Cuba if you don’t like the American civic system of separation of powers and checks and balances.

Anonymous

First off, please read a book on what communism actually is. Second off, *California* is part of the United States and it’s policies are actually a full show of those separation of rights you glorify. You don’t really think much do you?

Ziggy

Oh Boy! If this were to happen then all the cronyism would be practically eliminated. How would “The Boys Downtown” replace that lost income?

Michael

How do you figure cronyism would end? The players may change, but the game would be the same!!

POLO

This is NOT a good idea. ” Lucrative concessions are overseen by county commissioners who are plied with large campaign donations”, that will be overseen by Tallahassee politicians that will be plied with large campaign donations if this new management goes thru. Nothing is going to change, except the geography. If their is any change, it will be for the worst.

Anonymous

Tallahassee couldn’t be trusted to run a 7-11

Tired of the North!

Those back country swamp people are just after the money that Miami-Dade brings in. Besides Orlando we support most of what happens in the state. Let’s vote to divide Florida into 2 states South Florida from Orlando down and North Florida from Orlando up. If that happens you might as well call State of North Florida “Mississippi”

Anonymous

>Although a takeover of the airport appears to be under planning by Florida lawmakers

Could you please provide some of the evidence? Other than this line-item in the budget and the article in the Herald I haven’t seen anything…

Anonymous

Well the county is not modernizing it and it has an poor passenger experience so it should be taken over by the Sate.

Anonymous

Clearly evident by it’s huge passenger loses the past decade…

Anonymous

Passenger losses ??? MIA has had passenger growth every year , it’s actually nearing capacity

Anonymous

Sarcasm geeze.

Anonymous

What losses? Stop making up lies. You must be from Ft. Lauderdale. MIA has been running at full capacity for years. MIA is host to most major airline from around the world, soon to include China. FLL can continue on with its small cut rate airlines.

Anonymous

Yes, taken by the State of Florida, which is widely known for being an example of America’s Infrastructure Modernization.

Anonymous

The county just finished partly remodeling the airport and they just approved millions of dollars to expand it

Michael

You need to avail yourself of the facts prior to posting comments. The airport has been and is currently undergoing massive modernization projects site wide. You must have not been to MIA in the past 15 years!!!! And where are you getting that it’s a poor passenger experience?!?!

Anonymous

Do you think the State would ever modernize a Miami airport? If anything they would block the planned modernization and spend the money in places like Tallahassee, Tampa and Orlando.

iFlyMIA

If this means better treatment for the airport, I am all in. Tired of the county moving slow with renovations. MIA is extremely outdated.

Miami Archi

Don’t know if this is actually true.
But Tallahassee having control over decisions for local City airports and ports is crazy. not to mention the disaster of having Northern Florida politicians involved in making decisions about South Florida businesses.
If you think Florida politicians who fight against any infrastructure updates other then more highways would push for more updates of higher quality at the airport, I would expect you’d be very mistaken.

Anonymous

Tallahassee doesn’t deserve MIA

NaneskiS

The cafecito, pastelitos, and corruption are soooo Miami!

chino

As a Miami expat who now lives in St Lucie County, I can tell you that Floridians out of Dade County, Broward, and Palm Beach don’t even vote for sidewalks and light posts for their own neighborhoods. The growth of Miami is only understood and made possible by Miamians. It will be incredibly frustrating for those who believe that tomorrow can be better than today to have to deal or negotiate with these hill billies here in central or north Florida. I don’t know but corruption and all the airport has made incredible progress over the last 20 years.

Planher

you must live in Port St. Lousy….they allow developments without sidewalks and light posts

Anonymous

St. Lucie County isn’t Central Florida

Anonymous

Just look at Orlando Airport. The state appointed board is trying to illegally replace the airports attorneys with their own “buddies” that will not stand in the way of funneling money to special interests. The state is after a way to find jobs for term limited politicians. MIA is the biggest economic engine in Miami-Dade County. It MUST remain under Miami-Dade County control.

Anonymous

Insane how much tolls go up in Miami on the expressway because of traffic. Then again nothing will change they just crooks in Miami. They fuck each other over for money so state taking over won’t change a thing. Okhe minute toll is $3:50 then it’s $12:75 like what the heck.

Anonymous

Might help by ruling out Miami corruption.

Anonymous

If you can’t prove that there’s corruption, then maybe you should shut up.

Anonymous

The legislature had to revamp the entire Florida Condo Act 718 because of all the fraud and corruption in the condo/Board issues going on in Miami Dade. Go educate yourself and follow the evidence presented in the legislative sessions.

Anonymous

They obviously want to tap into that large piggy bank. Would be interesting to know if they’re doing the same with FLL, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. I hope Miami puts up a fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

Anonymous

You’re using google reviews as your metric to show airport customer satisfaction? Couldn’t you ask MIA/county for something more reliable?

Anonymous

This going to be nice Inside of Maintenance Department Aviation Department also a lot of corruption and favoritism in the Maintenance Department by the Director Ralph Cutie and Chief of Manitenance Personal Kelly Flores (The Godfather) also to much money involve in contracts with vendors approve by the Chief Ana Finol with lock of the knowledge concerns to her department because is budy and friend of Ralph Cutie.This guys are a waste they don’t know what they doing is unbelievable how much money they give away because they are no the right people for the job just a MAFIA.We the MDAD need a big investigation in our department. All the job are for family comisioner,director family,Superintendent family and body budys.MDAD one of the biggest corruption in the County.

Anonymous

Further erosion of Home Rule power. Reform is needed locally. If the State takes over, you’re just substituting one corrupt practice for another. At least if power is maintained here, we have control of our own destiny.

Anonymous

This is what happens when when abuse your power for the commissioner this is the golden egg, the management getting the big salaries and don’t care about anything btw i work for the County in Aviation so i know what is going on.

Shawn Kouri

I don’t know why it would be on the verge of state takeover. I don’t see anything wrong with this airport.

Just a City Dude

This sounds like the 1996/97 attempted dissolution of the City of Miami; and the name change of Dade County to Miami-Dade to retain the name “Miami” should Tallahassee have done so… Due to fiscal irresponsibility and near bankruptcy of the City. There are many problems here in the Banana Republic of Miami-Dade. But Tallahassie has shown they can’t really operate any better! Outside of the SE tri-county area–Florida is just another back-woods southern state. The multi-cultural and financial engines that are Miami-Dade/Broward/Palm Beach counties is what the State wants for redistribution of wealth. Take MDX vs FDOT/FTA … Florida has more running-miles of tolls in all of the USA! And the majority of that is in Central Florida! The Orlando Area pays many more tolls than do we here in our little corner of paradise. (I also work in Orlando) And they’re adding “Express Lanes” along the I-4 Corridor and tolls-within-tolls on the Florida’s Turnpike! (yes, really!) A non-government body should be Operating MIA for the County Aviation department. Put a CEO in place to keep the pace of improvements, while operating with fiscal responsibilities! (a fantasy, I know!) But the MIA *Modernization* is happening; slowly. But where is the… Read more »

Anonymous

Any new outside leadership in Miami Dade could only be a positive.

Anonymous

Hmmm….Trump’s trying to tell liberal California what it can’t do, and Tallahassee takes over major infrastructure in Liberal MiamiDade. Hmmm???

Anonymous

Miami International airport is THE worst international airport in the world. Needs a total redo.

Anonymous

The state is trying to take over leadership, not the physical airport dumbasses.

Anonymous

Putting Tallahassee and leadership together in a positive sentence… I wonder if you are inhaling spray paint again.

Anonymous

The dam bass is definitely you.