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File Number: 073242
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File Number: 073242 File Type: Resolution Status: In Draft
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: WAIVER OF FACILITY RENTAL VIZCAYA FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE Introduced: 10/31/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/4/2007
Agenda Date: 12/4/2007 Agenda Item Number: 5D
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION RETROACTIVELY AUTHORIZING A WAIVER OF FACILITY RENTAL FEES FOR THE USE OF VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS FOR THE NOVEMBER 15-16, 2007 GALA DINNER OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SYMPOSIUM OF THE AMERICAS SPONSORED BY ASSOCIATION DES CONSEILLERS DU COMMERCE EXTERIEUR DE LA FRANCE, INC., A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $16,870.00 TO BE FUNDED FROM THE COUNTYWIDE IN-KIND RESERVE FUND
Indexes: IN-KIND SERVICES
  VIZCAYA
Sponsors: Bruno A. Barreiro, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, 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 12/4/2007 5D Motion to adopt failed P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. The public hearing was opened. It was closed after no one appeared in response to Chairman Barreiro’s call for persons wishing to be heard. It was moved by Commissioner Moss that this proposed resolution be adopted. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez, and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 11-0 (Commissioners Heyman and Souto were absent). County Attorney Robert Cuevas noted, for the record, this foregoing motion was unanimously approved. Following County Attorney Cuevas advising the Commission that pursuant to Rule 9.03(a) of the Board of County Commissioners' Rules of Procedure any fee reductions and waivers for the use of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens required a unanimous vote of the board members present, Commissioner Seijas changed her vote to “No.” County Attorney Cuevas advised Commissioner Seijas could change her vote, if the Commission had not called the next Agenda Item. Commissioner Seijas explained she opposed using tax dollars to pay for a gala dinner at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Chairman Barreiro clarified this proposed resolution originated from his mission to France when he invited Association Des Conseillers Du Commerce Exterieur De La France, Inc. to come to Miami and convince them to use the County as its branch out point for the 100 prescreened companies that were interested in and capable of establishing offices in the Americas. Ms. Pamela Fuertes, Vice-President of International Economic Development, Beacon Council, pointed out the Gala Dinner at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was part of a two day symposium, and Association Des Conseillers Du Commerce Exterieur De La France, Inc. was a not for-profit group with a presence in Florida. She noted the symposium grouped leading French Government Officials, Ambassadors, and Consulates, and the County was consistently attempting to attract companies from the French market. Following comments by Commissioner Diaz in support of this proposed resolution, Commissioner Sorenson questioned whether another way existed to accomplish the intent of this proposed resolution. County Attorney Cuevas advised the County could make a grant to Association Des Conseillers Du Commerce Exterieur De La France, Inc. It was moved by Commissioner Sorenson that the County Commission approve a grant in an amount not to exceed $16,870.00 to the Association Des Conseillers Du Commerce Exterieur De La France, Inc. from the Countywide In-kind Reserve Fund. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Diaz. Following further discussion related to Rule 9.03(a) and this proposed resolution, Ms. Jennifer Glazer-Moon, Budget Director, Office of Strategic Business Management, clarified the County Commission needed to make the grant to the organization, and the organization could pay the fee; otherwise, the grant would be considered a fee waiver and require unanimous approval. She pointed out the County made past grants from the Countywide In-kind Reserve funds that were cash allocations to organizations, and the grants did not pay for in-kind services. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote on Commissioner Sorenson's motion, and upon being put to a vote, passed 11-1 (Commissioner Seijas voted "no") (Commissioner Heyman was absent). Commissioner Diaz asked the County Attorney to prepare legislation to amend Rule 9.03(a) of the Rules of Procedure for the Board of County Commissioners and its related ordinance to require a 2/3 majority vote of the County Commission to approve fee waivers and reductions for the use of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Commissioner Sosa asked that she be listed as a co-sponsor on the legislation requested by Commissioner Diaz.

Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 11/14/2007 2P Forwarded to the BCC by BCC Chairperson due to lack of a quorum
REPORT: Chairman Souto submitted a memorandum requesting that the County Commission Chairman Bruno A. Barreiro waive the Committee's rules and allow the foregoing proposed resolution to be heard at the December 4, 2007 County Commission Meeting.

County Attorney 10/31/2007 Assigned Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 12/10/2007

County Attorney 10/31/2007 Assigned Monica Rizo 11/6/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION RETROACTIVELY AUTHORIZING A WAIVER OF FACILITY RENTAL FEES FOR THE USE OF VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS FOR THE NOVEMBER 15-16, 2007 GALA DINNER OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SYMPOSIUM OF THE AMERICAS SPONSORED BY ASSOCIATION DES CONSEILLERS DU COMMERCE EXTERIEUR DE LA FRANCE, INC., A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $16,870.00 TO BE FUNDED FROM THE COUNTYWIDE IN-KIND RESERVE FUND

BODY
WHEREAS, Association Des Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur de la France, Inc. has requested a fee waiver from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for the November 15-16, 2007 Gala Dinner of the Western Hemisphere Symposium of the Americas in an amount not to exceed $16,870.00 (see attached Fee Waiver/In-kind Service Application); and
WHEREAS, the Gala Dinner of the Western Hemisphere Symposium of the Americas will bring together high level executives from the United States, Latin America and European countries as well as foreign trade advisors, public officials, political leaders and various business sector leaders from local and French companies to discuss the potential growth and expansion of the US economic market; and
WHEREAS, Association Des Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur de la France, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization; and
WHEREAS, the Gala Dinner of the Western Hemisphere Symposium of The Americas is a special event, as that term is defined on the attached Fee Waiver/In-kind Service Application, and the fee waiver shall be funded from the Countywide In-kind Reserve Fund,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board, by a unanimous vote of all Board members present and following a public hearing, retroactively authorizes a fee waiver from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for November 15-16, 2007 Gala Dinner of the Western Hemisphere Symposium of the Americas in an amount not to exceed $16,870.00 to be funded from the Countywide In-kind Reserve Fund.



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