Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 032148
   

File Number: 032148 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted as amended
Version: 0 Reference: R-807-03 Control:
File Name: HOMELAND SECURITY INTERAGENCY COMPLEX Introduced: 7/17/2003
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 7/10/2003 Agenda Item Number: 10A5
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. (also see 031717) Title: RESOLUTION APPROVING A PLANNING INITIATIVE TO EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY OF LOCATING A HOMELAND SECURITY INTERAGENCY COMPLEX ON A PORTION OF THE PROPERTY LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE STATION TO BE TRANSFERRED TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY UNDER A NO-COST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONVEYANCE AND TO REPORT FINDINGS TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WITHIN 90 DAYS
Indexes: HOMELAND SECURITY
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

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

County Attorney 7/17/2003 Assigned Eric A. Rodriguez 7/17/2003

Board of County Commissioners 7/10/2003 10A5 Adopted as amended P
REPORT: In response to concerns raised by members of the Board regarding the impact to the Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) and the funding source for the proposed Homeland Security Interagency Complex, Mr. Joseph Ramallo, Director, Intergovernmental Affairs, Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office, noted the Federal Department of Homeland Security planned to have approximately 30 regional offices throughout the country. He pointed out that the Federal Department of Homeland Security had not yet determined the space or land requirements for these facilities. Mr. Ramallo noted the interest to locate the complex near the Homestead Air Reserve Base. The South Florida Congressional Delegation was supportive of efforts to secure a regional facility in Miami-Dade County. Mr. Ramallo explained that a decision on the site locations for regional offices would be made by the end of the summer 2003. He concluded by urging the Board to support efforts to secure federal funding for a regional homeland security office in Miami-Dade County. Commissioner Martinez discussed the original intent of the foregoing proposed resolution, which he noted was to instruct staff to conduct a feasibility study and to report the findings of that study to the Board within 90 days, and staff proceed in a non-committal or non-obligatory manner. He also noted he previously requested that this proposal be scheduled for consideration at a time certain because it was time sensitive. Assistant County Manager Bill Johnson stated the negotiation team submitted a no-cost Economic Development Conveyance Application approved by this Board in December 2001. The Federal Government subsequently approved this application on February 14, 2003, and efforts were currently underway to finalize the terms of the conveyance. Mr. Johnson noted some outstanding issues still existed that needed to be resolved, but the team would be able to conclude this transaction for a 595-acre site, as opposed to the 717-acre site as originally proposed. Mr. Johnson also noted the Miami-Dade County School Board had agreed to transfer lands to the County. In response to Commissioner Sorenson’s inquiry pertaining to parcel 11 outlined in the foregoing resolution, Mr. Johnson noted parcel 11 comprised approximately 250 acres and this parcel was adjacent to the runway of the Homestead Air Reserve Base, and was designated for industrial/institutional use. Mr. Johnson pointed out that staff currently was unable to make a determination on the amount of acreage required for this facility. As proposed, this resolution would instruct staff to assess the amount of acreage needed for a regional facility and the type of uses permitted on the subject property and report back to the Board within 45 days. Ms. Diana Gonzalez, Assistant to Assistant County Manager Bill Johnson, pointed out the application to be presented to the Federal Government would address job creation. She also pointed out that the quasi-military and law enforcement use for a homeland security office would be compatible with the HARB designation. Commissioner Martinez pointed out that if Miami-Dade County were selected as a site for one of the regional homeland security offices, it would be beneficial for Miami-Dade County. Commissioner Rolle requested staff come back to the Board with a report outlining the economic impact of this facility in terms of housing, infrastructure, and job creation. In response to Commissioner Rolle’s request, Ms. Gonzalez noted that as the County moved forward with the feasibility study; staff could include an economic impact component in the study. Assistant County Attorney Richard Rosenthal informed the Board that a resolution urging the legislature to consider Homestead as a regional Homeland Security Center would be beneficial. Responding to questions from Commissioner Martinez regarding Homeland Security for Homestead, the Assistant County Attorney Rosenthal noted no further action was necessary by the Board to initiate the feasibility study on the Homeland Security Interagency Complex on property located adjacent to the Homestead Air Reserve Station property. However, it was concluded during discussions with the legislative liaisons, that this Commission’s position could be strengthened if an appropriate affirmative action was enacted urging the Legislature to consider Homestead as a Regional Homeland Security Center. The Board by motion duly made, seconded and carried, adopted the foregoing resolution as amended to urge the legislature to consider locating a regional Homeland Security Center in Miami-Dade County.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION APPROVING A PLANNING INITIATIVE TO EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY OF LOCATING A HOMELAND SECURITY INTERAGENCY COMPLEX ON A PORTION OF THE PROPERTY LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE STATION TO BE TRANSFERRED TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY UNDER A NO-COST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONVEYANCE AND TO REPORT FINDINGS TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WITHIN 90 DAYS

BODY
WHEREAS, the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the warnings issued by the United States Department of Justice and F.B.I. regarding potential acts of terrorism demand a Homeland Security Interagency Complex for more thorough vigilance and planning by local government for the safety of Miami-Dade County residents; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is currently negotiating with the Department of the Air Force for the transfer of 595 acres of surplus property located adjacent to the Homestead Air Reserve Base ("HARB"); and
WHEREAS, the property will be transferred on the basis of the no-cost Economic Development Conveyance (EDC) application that was submitted by Miami-Dade County in December of 2001 and approved by the Air Force pursuant to the Third Supplemental Record of Decision issued by the Air Force on February 14, 2003; and
WHEREAS, such a center would make appropriate use for land that, due to its adjacency to the HARB airfield and other land use restrictions, is very limited; and
WHEREAS, government and other quasi-military uses of the land could prove to be more compatible with HARB and could benefit from the assets located on the Base; and
WHEREAS, HARB already has a history of interagency activity as it currently hosts other federal operations including the U.S. Customs Miami Air and Marine Branch drug enforcement air interdiction mission and the Air Force Reserve's "Hurricane Hunters" weather reconnaissance mission; and
WHEREAS, in an effort to properly plan the use of the land in the event the County is successful in its current negotiations with the Air Force and in the event grant funds are allocated to Miami-Dade County, it is recommended that a planning effort to determine the feasibility of use of this property as an interagency center should be commenced,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Board of County Commissioners urges federal government officials to locate a regional Homeland Security Center in Miami-Dade County and directing the County Manager to explore the feasibility of locating a Homeland Security Interagency Complex on a portion of the property located adjacent to the Homestead Air Reserve Station to be transferred to Miami Dade County under a no-cost Economic Development Conveyance application and to report findings to the Board of County Commissioners within 90 days.



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