Satement by Commissioner Lynda Bell
"It was disappointing to learn this afternoon through a letter from the Department of Defense to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen that the U.S. Air Force is not ready to support the proposed Miami International Aerospace Show. The aerospace show is estimated to create thousands of full-time and part-time jobs, a much needed opportunity for the residents of District 8 and Miami-Dade County. The Miami International Aerospace Show is also slated to have a direct economic impact estimated between $250 and $350 million, not to mention the increased local sales revenue, public infrastructure updates, and thousands of visitors to the South Florida area. I will continue to work with my colleagues, The Beacon Council, and the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation to bring to light the advantages of hosting this event and build upon our existing local attributes to create jobs and improve the quality of life in our community."