(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman is sponsoring a special proclamation on June 5th, 2012 for world renowned film director and producer Michael Bay, to be presented during the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners meeting. The Miami-Dade Film & Entertainment Advisory Board and the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment requested the proclamation as a way to celebrate and recognize Mr. Bay’s contributions and the positive economic impact his films have had on Miami-Dade County.
Michael Bay’s first feature-length film, Bad Boys I starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was shot in Miami in 1994 and grossed over $141 million at the box office. Bad Boys II was also shot on location in Miami and has grossed $273 million worldwide. Bad Boys I and II together expended approximately $60 million into the local economy. As the director of such films as The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Transformers to his credit, Michael Bay’s worldwide box office totals make him one of the highest grossing directors of all time. The recipient of numerous film awards, he has won nearly every award bestowed by the advertising industry as well.
Mr. Bay is currently shooting Pain and Gain throughout different locations in Miami-Dade County. The project is expected to infuse approximately $25 million into the local economy between March and May 2012. Mr. Bay, who also owns a home in Miami Beach, is committed to the success of the industry here in South Florida.
“The film and entertainment industry brings millions of dollars into our economy each year, creates thousands of jobs, and supports local businesses. Public recognition is a great way to show our appreciation and support for Michael Bay who has contributed so much to the growth and success of the film industry here in Miami-Dade County,” Commissioner Sally Heyman said.