Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 070610
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File Number: 070610 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-455-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: SISTER AIRPORTS AGREEMENT WITH V. C. BIRD INT. AIRPORT Introduced: 2/27/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/24/2007
Agenda Date: 4/24/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A29
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO EXECUTE INTERNATIONAL SISTER AIRPORTS AGREEMENT BETWEEN MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND V. C. BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Indexes: SISTER TRANSIT
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime 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

Board of County Commissioners 4/24/2007 11A29 Adopted P

Airport and Tourism Committee 3/15/2007 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. During consideration of changes to today’s (3/15) agenda, Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams noted the foregoing proposed resolution contained a scrivener’s error and the eighth (8th) “WHERE AS” clause on handwritten page 4 should be corrected to reflect the date as “2007” rather than “2008.” Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to forward this proposed resolution with correction of the scrivener’s error as requested by the Assistant County Attorney.

County Attorney 2/27/2007 Referred Airport and Tourism Committee 3/15/2007

County Attorney 2/27/2007 Assigned Henry N. Gillman 2/27/2007 3/7/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO EXECUTE INTERNATIONAL SISTER AIRPORTS AGREEMENT BETWEEN MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND V. C. BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

BODY
WHEREAS, on July 23, 1998, the Board approved Resolution No. R-965-98 creating the International Sister Airports Program (“Program”); and
WHEREAS, the primary goals of the Program are to establish bonds of friendships and cooperation through relationships with airports in other foreign cities, which promote economic growth, as well as international cooperation and understanding, and to maximize these relationships for the mutual growth and benefit of each sister airport; and
WHEREAS, the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies is considered to be the leading airport hub in the eastern Caribbean, served by many major airlines from the U.S. and Europe and is the home-base and hub of Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT), the regional air carrier of the Caribbean region; and
WHEREAS, Miami International Airport (“MIA”), which is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, is the U.S. Gateway to the Caribbean and there is currently no direct air service between Miami and Antigua; and
WHEREAS, V.C. Bird International Airport which is located on the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies, is under major remodeling and improvement programs; and

WHEREAS, Miami captures over 50% of all U.S. Caribbean Trade with an estimated amount of $10 billion dollars; and
WHEREAS, thousands of Miami-Dade residents are of Caribbean origin; and
WHEREAS, the World Cricket Championship will be primarily held in Antigua and Barbuda in 2007 and there will be millions of tourists traveling via Miami to reach this island nation; and
WHEREAS, better business, trade, air cargo and community development supports the execution of this outreach effort,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board approves the attached International Sister Airports Agreement between Miami International Airport and V.C. Bird International Airport, and authorizes the Mayor or his designee to execute the agreement in substantially the form attached hereto and made a part hereof following approval by the County Attorney’s Office.
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International Sister Airports Agreement
Between
Miami International Airport
and
V. C. Bird International Airport

On the ___ day of ____, 2007, in ______________________________
Gathered:

ON BEHALF OF MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: The Honorable Carlos Alvarez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County; The Honorable Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Commissioner, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

ON BEHALF OF V. C. BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: The Honorable Harold E. Lovell, M.P., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Antigua and Barbuda.

IN ASSEMBLY, for the purpose of signing a non-binding international sister airport protocol agreement between Miami International Airport and V. C. Bird International Airport, under the following terms:

First. This will officially link Miami International Airport and V. C. Bird International Airport.

Second. Both Miami International Airport, through its elected officials, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade County Commissioners and V. C. Bird International Airport, through its elected officials, may execute this International Sister Airports Agreement.

Third. Both Airports will commit to the exchange of information pertaining to the cargo and passenger industries in each Airport, historical statistical information pertaining to each airport; planned airport infrastructure developments, and general marketing research aimed at increasing passenger and cargo traffic at both airports.

Fourth. Both Airports will study the possibility of creating technical means, by way of other business arrangements, to promote the traffic and airport activities covered in this document.

Fifth. Both Airports will work towards the formation of technical working groups to exchange educational visits and act as goodwill ambassadors between airports.

Sixth. Both Airports through their normal marketing process will promote the relationship and advantages of doing business at the Sister Airport.

Seventh. Through the mutual consent of both Sister Airports, additional areas of cooperation and partnering may be agreed upon as part of this Sister Airports Agreement.

Eight. The parties consider of the utmost interest the creation of a working group, made up of a limited number of representatives from each party, for the express purpose of putting into practice the intentions of this Agreement.


This agreement will be in effect for an indefinite period of time, except in the event of termination by one of the parties, which will give 6 (six) months written notice to the other. It is compiled in two originals, each original to be kept in the Archives of Miami International Airport, Miami, FL, USA, and V. C. Bird International Airport Antigua, West Indies.

In conformity, signed in the city and on the date indicated.

Signatories:


MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT V. C. BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
MIAMI, FLORIDA USA ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, WEST INDIES.



________________________________ _______________________________
The Honorable Carlos Alvarez The Honorable Harold E. Lovell, M.P.


________________________________
The Honorable Jose “Pepe” Diaz




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