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For Immediate Release:
July 03, 2013
Media Contact:
Maurice R. Hernandez


Vice Chair Lynda Bell welcomes the "Bimini SuperFast" to PortMiami

Vice Chair Lynda Bell, is pleased to announce a new daily passenger cruise service from Port Miami to Bimini, Bahamas. A new agreement struck between Miami-Dade County and Resorts World Bimini will provide Miami-Dade with estimated economic impact to exceed 6 million dollars for a 10 year term. Vice Chair Bell and Commissioner Edmonson recently returned from leading a delegation of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce leaders to Singapore and Hong Kong in an effort to expand economic trade and port development in Miami-Dade County. While in Asia, Vice Chair Bell met with executives of Resorts World on the development of the passenger cruise services.

This new service received final approval by the Board of County Commissioners yesterday and is scheduled to begin in July. The 670 foot vessel named the “Bimini SuperFast” is anticipated to make two daily calls. The vessel, which may also transport cargo, is capable of carrying 1,600 passengers and will have a travel time of approximately 2 ½ hours.

“This Resorts World Miami service to Bimini is a welcome addition to our local economy and a sought after service for our residents and visitors,” said Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell, Chair of the Economic Development and PortMiami Committee. “The new service will not only foster job growth but provide an estimated $7 million dollars annually in revenue to PortMiami. Nurturing this kind of international relationship and partnership is critically important to help stimulate economic development at a much-needed time in our economy and will solidify Miami-Dade's position as the gateway to the Americas and the world."

“As the Commissioner of District 3, whereResorts World Bimini U.S. operations are headquartered, I am pleased that they have selected PortMiami for this great new service/venture as it will be critically significant to the economic growth of the South Florida Area,” said Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. “The new daily passenger service will help fortify Miami as a leader in tourism and trade while delivering much needed revenue and jobs to the county.”