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VELIKA BROD: A record was set in PortMiami this week when the CMA GGM Argentina became the largest container ship ever sailed into the port of Florida. Argentina, capable of transporting more than 15,000 equivalent twenty-foot container units and sailing under the flag of Malta, arrived in the port of Miami on April 6 after a one-day sailing from Savannah, GA. The ship is the namesake of the “Argentina” class of ships that South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries began building for East Pacific shipping in 2019. French container and shipping company CMA CGM now operates seven of the planned 22 ships in its class.
FREE SCHOOL BOARDS: The proposed 2022 constitutional amendment to remove salaries in school school boards was adopted last week by a 10-7 House council, and opponents warned that this could make boards less diverse. Sponsor Sam Garrison he said salary nixing would “remove politics from our school boards.” Ali Rep. Angie Nixon they joined opponents arguing that an unpaid job would jeopardize the diversity of the board. “This will lead to an elitist system. It will drive away the people who are most invested in the education system, ”she said. Florida school board members are paid an average of $ 35,995 a year and receive about $ 10,800 in benefits, according to an analysis by House staff.
THE COURT PROVIDES A DECISION: The Florida Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a constitutional challenge to a 2016 state law that sets new requirements for life insurance companies to determine if policyholders have died and to contact beneficiaries. Four insurers went to the Supreme Court last year after a split law of the 1st District Court of Appeals upheld the law. The Supreme Court order says it will initiate a dispute, although it has not set a date for oral hearings.
SMALL HAITI STATION: Developers behind Miami’s Magic City Innovation District have submitted a partnership proposal with Miami-Dade County to build a station in Little Haiti along the planned suburban route of the Northeast Corridor between the Government Center and Aventura. The station proposed by MDC Miami LLC would be located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. and on Northeast Fourth Avenue and would twice serve as a transportation hub for Metrobus, wheelchairs, bicycles and pedestrian services, the company said in a news statement. “Little Haiti is the perfect place to stop along the East Florida Railroad corridor,” the note said. “This new suburban rail service will provide residents of Little Haiti, Liberty City, Palm Grove, Morningside and the Upper Eastside MiMo District with the opportunity to travel between major destinations and economic centers, bypassing congested streets.”