Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 030697
   

File Number: 030697 File Type: Ordinance Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: County Commission
File Name: SPORTS COMMISSION Introduced: 3/6/2003
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 4/8/2003 Agenda Item Number: 6G
Notes: SEE 031146 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED sunsets 3 yrs from effective date Title: ORDINANCE CREATING MIAMI-DADE SPORTS COMMISSION TO PROMOTE, ATTRACT, AND SOLICIT AMATEUR SPORTS TO AND WITHIN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; ESTABLISHING GOVERNING BODY; SETTING FORTH POWERS AND DUTIES; APPROVING FUNDING; AND PROVIDING, SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE
Indexes: SPORTS COMMISSION
Sponsors: Jimmy L. Morales, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: Yes Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/8/2003 6G Amended
REPORT: See Legislative File #031146 for the amended version.

County Attorney 3/6/2003 Assigned Gerald T. Heffernan

Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 3/5/2003 1B1 Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation as amended P
REPORT: Commissioner Sorenson requested, and the Committee members agreed, that the foregoing proposed ordinance be amended to include a three year sunset provision. Commissioner Moss asked the County Administration to explore the feasibility of using existing sports facilities/complexes throughout the County as multipurpose facilities to host amateur sports competitions and to make available a pool of sports facilities (i.e., recreation centers, gymnasiums, fields, and courts) for these events. He suggested staff also explore the feasibility of developing the Homestead Air Reserve Base as an amateur sports complex including hotels, retail establishments, restaurants, and other ancillary uses.

Legislative Text


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ORDINANCE CREATING MIAMI-DADE SPORTS COMMISSION TO PROMOTE, ATTRACT, AND SOLICIT AMATEUR SPORTS TO AND WITHIN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; ESTABLISHING GOVERNING BODY; SETTING FORTH POWERS AND DUTIES; APPROVING FUNDING; AND PROVIDING, SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. Chapter 2 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida is amended to include a new Article entitled "Miami-Dade Sports Commission" that will read as follows:
Section 1. Creation of Authority

There is created and established pursuant to the Metropolitan Dade County Home Rule Charter, as amended, an agency and instrumentality of Metropolitan Dade County to be known as the "Miami-Dade Sports Commission" ( "Commission"). The Commission shall be a public body corporate and politic which, through its governing body, may exercise all those powers either specifically granted in this Article or necessary in the exercise of those powers enumerated in this Article.

Section 2. Promotion and Attraction of Amateur Sports

The Authority shall promote, attract and solicit adult and youth amateur sports from throughout the United States and within Miami-Dade County to the greatest extent feasible and shall strive to generate and further community support to achieve this purpose.




Section 3. Governing Body

(a) Composition and appointment. The governing body of the Commission shall be a board of directors that consists of nine (9) voting members from the following organizations:

(1) A representative from the County Manager's Office;

(2) A representative from the Miami-Dade Parks Department;

(3) A representative from the Miami-Dade League of Cities;

(4) A representative from the Amateur Athletic Association;

(5) A representative from the Miami-Dade School Board;

(6) A representative from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau;

(7) A representative from the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association;

(8) A representative from The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce;

(9) A representative from The Orange Bowl Committee.

Each organization shall appoint its representative to the board of directors. When making a selection, each organization shall consider that the voting members should reflect the gender, racial, ethnic or cultural make-up of the community.

Two members of the Board of County Commissioners shall also serve as non-voting, ex-officio members of the Commission.

(b) Qualifications. Each member of the Commission shall be a United States citizen, a duly qualified elector of Miami-Dade County, and shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 2-11-38 of the Code of Miami-Dade County. Before taking any official action, each voting member shall take the prescribed oath of office. Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties. Members of the Board shall also be committed to using their best efforts to raise additional funds from the private sector in a total amount not less than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) collectively to match Miami-Dade County's fiscal contribution.

(c) Term. The voting members of the Commission shall serve terms of three (3) years each. No voting member shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms of three (3) years each. Members may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2-11.38 of the Code of Metropolitan Dade County. The Board of County Commissioners shall appoint two (2) ex- officio non-voting members from time to time.

(d) Vacancies. Each organization shall appoint a new representation within one month when its appointee resigns or is removed from the Commission.

(e) Modified applicability of Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance. The Metropolitan Dade County Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance (the "Conflict of Interest Ordinance"), Section 2-11.1 of the Code of Metropolitan Dade County, Florida, shall be applicable to the members of the Commission only in the manner and to the extent provided in the next sentence. It is declared to be the intent of the Commission, as expressed in this subsection, to provide that the Conflict of Interest Ordinance shall not operate to preclude individuals from serving as Commission members on the basis of interests relating to Miami-Dade County when such interests do not conflict with the Commission.

(f) Organization and Procedure. The board of directors shall elect one (1) of its members as chairperson and one of its members as vice-chairperson whom shall both serve a term of two (2) years and such other officers as the board of directors may determine to be necessary.

The Commission shall create by-laws and shall hold regular meetings in accordance with those by-laws. The Commission may hold such other meetings, as it deems necessary. A majority of the members of the board of directors shall constitute a quorum. All meetings of the Commission shall be public and the Commission shall maintain written minutes of all proceedings that shall be promptly prepared and recorded. Copies of all minutes and resolutions of the Commission shall be forwarded to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners no later than thirty (30) days subsequent to any meeting of the Commission.

The members of the Commission shall have the powers, duties, and responsibilities customarily vested in the board of directors of a private corporation, including the power to appoint a Chief Executive Officer and to remove such appointee and to make, adopt and amend rules and regulations that supplement its by-laws.

Section 4. Powers and Duties of the Commission

The Commission, acting through its governing body, shall have the following powers, duties, function and responsibilities.

(a) To attract quality amateur sporting events to Miami-Dade County that will result in economic benefit to Miami-Dade County through tourism activity and improve the quality of life of its citizens and showcase the Miami-Dade County area and its many athletic facilities to a local, national and international audience.

(b) To form an independent 501(c)(3) corporation which will raise private funds to assist needy local adult and youth amateur athletic organizations and to assist the Commission.

(c) To solicit membership from local corporations and business entities and to establish an advisory board consisting of those individuals or corporate representatives who become members of the Commission.

(d) To establish membership fees and incentives programs.

(e) To sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to contract and be contracted with, and to have an official seal. This provision shall not be construed to in any way affect the laws relating to governmental immunity. The contractual powers of the Commission shall be subject to the following limitation:

It is specifically provided that contracts and any related amendments executed by the Commission, or other obligations incurred by the Commission, shall not be binding upon Miami-Dade County. In the event that the Commission shall be revoked, obligations of the Commission shall only be enforceable against Miami-Dade County to the extent that such obligations would have been enforceable with regard to personal property which was in the possession of the Commission and with regard to business income which would have come in the possession of the Commission had the Commission not been revoked.

The Commission shall comply with the formal bid requirements of Section 4.03D of the charter of Metropolitan Dade County, Florida, and for such purpose the term "Board" as used in Section 4.03D shall be construed to be "The Metropolitan Dade County Sports Commission" and the term "Manager" shall be construed to be "Chief Executive Officer of the Authority."

For all contracts involving the purchase of goods or services (including construction), the Commission shall comply with the provisions of Section 2-8.2 of the County Code and the administrative procedures pursuant to that section (f) to purchase or otherwise obtain title in its own name to personal property and shall be authorized to sell or otherwise lawfully dispose of personal property. Subject to prior approval by the Board of County Commissioners, the Commission shall have the authority to purchase real property and to sell, convey, mortgage or otherwise impair or encumber the title to real property. The Commission shall be authorized to lease real property either as lessee or lessor for any number of years and upon any terms and conditions. The leasing of any real property shall be in accordance with the requirements of Section 125.35, Florida Statutes.

Subject to prior approval of the Board of County Commissioners, the Commission shall not destroy, replace, or abandon real property. The Commission shall be authorized to maintain and repair its facilities and may alter, modify, or make additions to its facilities whenever such changes are necessary for the proper operation and maintenance of such facilities.

(g) To appoint, remove, and suspend employees or agents of the Commission including an Executive Director, to fix their compensation, and to adopt personnel and management policies. Initially, the Commission may use County employees to serve as its staff. The Commission shall assure employees a process of appeal with regard to disciplinary or other official action.

(h) To submit annually to the Board of County Commissioners, a report summarizing and evaluating all programs and activities undertaken by the Commission during that previous fiscal year.

(i) To accept gifts of money, services, or real or personal property. All gifts shall be held pursuant to the provisions of this article.

(j) To cooperate and contract with any governmental agency or instrumentality, federal, state, county, or municipal.

(k) The Commission shall comply with all laws and regulations of the United States, the State of Florida, and Miami-Dade County, including but not limited to the laws relating to the expenditure of funds and the keeping of records.

(i) To establish a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of Florida to assume the duties and responsibilities of the Commission.

Section 5. Financial support for the Commission

The Commission shall establish a fiscal year that coincides with that of Miami-Dade County, and the County Manager shall provide financial support to the Commission by including the amount of $250,000 in the official Miami-Dade County budget each year unless directed otherwise by the Board of County Commissioners. The amount provided to the Commission may be increased or decreased by the Board from time to time. The board of directors shall submit a requisition to the Finance Director in a form acceptable by the Finance Director for the dispersal of funds as needed. The Board approves an initial payment of $25,000 to the Commission without further approval so the Commission may commence activities. The Commission shall timely submit to the Board of County Commissioners a budget request pertaining to operating and capital expenditures for the succeeding fiscal year, which request shall not be implemented until approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Commission budget request shall be prepared on official Miami-Dade County budget forms in a format prescribed by the County Manager, shall be reviewed in a manner similar to that in which requests of other county departments are reviewed, and shall be incorporated in the proposed budget and timely submitted to the Commission each year. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prohibit the Commission from submitting to the Board of County Commissioners supplemental budget requests which, if approved by the Board of County Commissioners, shall constitute amendments to the official Miami-Dade County budget.

(a) Borrowing of money, issuance of bonds. Subject to prior approval of the Board of County Commissioners, the Commission shall have the authority to borrow money for any of its corporate purposes. The Commission may request that the County issue revenue bonds in accordance with applicable Florida law. Revenue bonds issued by the Commission shall not be deemed to constitute a debt, liability, or obligation of any authority or of Miami-Dade County, the State or any of their political subdivisions and shall be payable solely from revenues derived from the sale, operation or leasing of a project or projects or other payments received under related financing agreements or from any other source of revenue of the Commission.

(b) General financial provisions. The Commission shall have the authority to establish necessary banking accounts in its own name and to make cash disbursements. The Commission shall submit an annual financial report to the Board of County Commissioners no later than ninety (90) days from the close of such fiscal year. Miami-Dade County may require that the annual financial statements be audited by an external auditor.

The Commission Auditor of Miami-Dade County shall at all times have the right to audit all records of the Commission, and the external auditor of the Miami-Dade County, at the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, shall be empowered to audit all records of the Commission.

Section 6. Modifications and Term

It is the intent of the Board of County Commissioners to create by this article and for the purposes set forth in this article, a Commission that may be modified or revoked in whole or in part by duly enacted ordinance of the Commission.


Section7. Counsel

The Commission shall utilize the County Attorney's Office for legal services. Legal opinions by the County Attorney's Office pertaining to this article shall be binding upon the Commission.

Section 2. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected by such invalidity.
Section 3. It is the intention of the Board of County Commissioners, and it is hereby ordained that the provisions of this ordinance, including any sunset provision, shall become and be made a part of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or relettered to accomplish such intention, and the word "ordinance" may be changed to "section," "article," or other appropriate word.
Section 4. Section 2-11. 37 (c) of the Miami-Dade County Code which would otherwise have required six weeks between first reading and public hearing is hereby superceded.
Section 5. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.
Section 6. This ordinance shall stand repealed three (3) years from its effective date.



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