Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 072842
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File Number: 072842 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1249-07 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: LEGISLATION RE: LOCAL LICENSING OF TOUR GUIDES Introduced: 9/25/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/6/2007
Agenda Date: 11/6/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A15
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU IN URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING FOR LOCAL LICENSING OF TOUR GUIDES
Indexes: GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
  LEGISLATURE
  TOURISM
Sponsors: Bruno A. Barreiro, 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

Board of County Commissioners 11/6/2007 11A15 Adopted P

Airport and Tourism Committee 10/11/2007 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney David Murray read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 9/25/2007 Referred Airport and Tourism Committee 10/11/2007

County Attorney 9/25/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU IN URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING FOR LOCAL LICENSING OF TOUR GUIDES

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is one of the country's preeminent business and leisure travel destinations; and
WHEREAS, more than 11.6 million visitors stayed at least one night in Miami-Dade County in 2006, according to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; and
WHEREAS, these overnight visitors spent approximately $16.3 billion in direct expenditures; and
WHEREAS, historical and cultural tours are an important part of tourism in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, providing competent and accurate tours is important to visitors' experience in our community; and
WHEREAS, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) believes that licensing is an essential element in ensuring that tour guides are accurate and professional; and
WHEREAS, Florida law currently preempts local governments from licensing or regulating tour guides because state law includes "tour-guide services" under the definition of travel agents and other "sellers of travel"; and
WHEREAS, despite preempting local governments from regulating tour guide operators, the State of Florida does not itself impose any professional or ethical standards on individual tour guides; and
WHEREAS, the cities of New York, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Charleston, South Carolina, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Savannah, Georgia all currently license tour guides; and
WHEREAS, licensing tour guides locally will help to ensure tour guides are accurate, professional, and ethical,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Supports the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau in urging the Florida Legislature to pass legislation allowing for local licensing of tour guides.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the issues identified in section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 state legislative package.



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