Control: Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
File Name: SOUTH FLORIDA SUPER BOWL
Agenda Date: 3/15/2006
Agenda Item Number:
ORAL REPORT RE: RODNEY BARRETTO, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
Assistant County Attorney Monica Maldonado read the foregoing item into the record.
Mr. Rodney Barreto, Chairman, South Florida Superbowl Host Committee 2007 provided an update on the Superbowl Host Committee. He noted there was a tri-county effort between Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties for putting in funds as well as private sponsors, which would be identified and announced upon signing contracts.
Mr. Barreto explained that he and City of Miami Commissioner Angel Gonzalez made a presentation before Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) during which he pleaded with them to initiate efforts to improve the highways/bi-ways and the entry/exist ramps throughout the County’s roadway system. He received unanimous support from MDX members to beautify and landscape this community using Superbowl 2007 as an excuse. He noted 3500 international press would visit the County during Superbowl 2007, and these people would be guests at hotels largely in the Omni area.
Continuing, Mr. Barreto noted he also met with all hotels owners in downtown Miami to discuss strategies to beautify/landscape Miami-Dade County and to improve the landscaping in Miami-Dade to a level comparable to Miami Beach and Broward County. This plan must also include a landscape maintenance plan and a sprinkler system. This plan would improve the quality of life for the residents of this community and the six (6) million passengers who are transported from the Miami International Airport to the Port of Miami every year, noted Mr. Barreto. “From LeJune Road to the Port of Miami, when you get on the entrance ramp… and get off in Downtown Miami, that has got to be the two ugliest bookend ride that you can take in the city,” he said.
He asked that the MDX representative be asked to present a report before this Committee on the status of landscape/beautification efforts.
Chairman Heyman asked Assistant County Manager Alex Munoz to notify MDX representatives and ask that a status report be presented at the next Committee meeting, as recommended by Mr. Barreto.
Commissioner Moss noted it was so refreshing to him to hear Mr. Barreto’s comments and recommendations today. He also noted the Community Image Advisory Board was created for this purpose, and commissioners would continue their efforts through the Metropolitan Planning Process (MPO) and the Chairman of the MDX who sits on the MPO Board. Commissioner Moss noted all of the partners who had some responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of major transportation gateways should be actively involved in putting together a plan. Contrary to Mr. Barreto’s comments, Commissioner Moss noted Superbowl 2007 should be used as justification, not as an excuse to develop a plan.
Following further discussion, Commissioner Gimenez, as Chairman of the RTC, asked Assistant County Manager Alex Munoz to ensure that an oral report by Chairman of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) regarding landscaping of the County’s roadways and entrances/exits ramps was placed on the April 12, 2006 agenda as recommended by Chairman Heyman. He noted Mr. Rodney Barreto, Chairman of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee; Ms. Alice Robertson, the County’s Community Image Manager; Mayor Shirley Gibson, the City of Miami Gardens; representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation; and all partners involved in the maintenance of the County’s roadway system should be available at this meeting.
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