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For Immediate Release:
October 07, 2015
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners give farm-related businesses more flexibility in how they operate

MIAMI, FL – Farm-related wineries, breweries and bed and breakfast establishments will have more flexibility in how they operate thanks to an ordinance that was recently approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

The legislation, which was sponsored by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and co-sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, expands activities allowed in the Agricultural Zoning District in an effort to promote ecotourism and agritourism in South Miami-Dade County, which is home to some of the most productive agricultural resources in Florida.

“The idea is to expand opportunities in the agriculture area and create opportunities for new wineries and bed and breakfast establishments to come into the area,” Commissioner Moss said. “I sponsored legislation to get the first winery, Schnebly’s, out there. This is an opportunity to expand the offerings. This is good for tourism, good for economic development and good for the creation of jobs.”

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava offered an amendment clarifying language as it relates to table service. Some of the provisions outlined in the new ordinance allow a bed and breakfast establishment greater flexibility in design and appearance. A brewery and distillery may have accessory uses that permit the sale and consumption of products manufactured on site as allowed by the State of Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. A winery may process fruit into wine or derivative products.

In October 2014, County Commissioners adopted a Comprehensive Development Master Plan amendment revising the policies pertaining to agriculture in the CDMP’s Land Use Element.  This legislation will amend the county’s zoning code to reflect the CDMP amendment.