Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 073648
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File Number: 073648 File Type: Resolution Status: Withdrawn
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: FLORIDA MARLINS Introduced: 12/11/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 1/22/2008
Agenda Date: 1/22/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A1
Notes: X/#073068 Title: RESOLUTION REQUESTING MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO NEGOTIATE AND FINALIZE BASEBALL STADIUM AGREEMENT BY AND AMONG COUNTY, CITY OF MIAMI AND FLORIDA MARLINS, LP, RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT OF NEW BALLPARK FOR FLORIDA MARLINS, SUBJECT TO SUBSEQUENT BOARD APPROVAL; AND REAFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO PLEDGE PORTION OF PROJECTED AVAILABLE CONVENTION DEVELOPMENT TAX AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE FACILITIES TAX RECEIPTS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF SUCH BALLPARK
Indexes: BASEBALL
  FLORIDA MARLINS
Sponsors: Bruno A. Barreiro, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, 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Board of County Commissioners 1/22/2008 11A1 Withdrawn P
REPORT: Commissioner Martinez questioned whether the Board should table this proposed resolution pursuant to its rules and procedures, since it had already been deferred twice. County Attorney Robert Cuevas reiterated that Chairman Barreiro had asked that this resolution be withdrawn because it was fundamentally different from the newly proposed resolution involving the baseball stadium. Commissioner Diaz asked that he be listed as a cosponsor on Chairman Barriero’s proposed resolution. County Attorney Cuevas noted Agenda Item 14B1, Legislative File No. 080189, a County Manager’s report regarding the status of the baseball stadium agreement negotiations. He noted the County Attorney’s Office (CAO) was seeking direction from the Board based upon the directive given at the January 10, 2008, Board meeting, for the CAO to finalize the baseball stadium agreement and to present that agreement at today’s Board meeting (1/22/08) without committee review. Therefore, he asked the Board if staff should proceed to bring the final item directly to the Board for consideration. In addition, he advised the Board he was informed that Chairman Barreiro was contemplating a special Board meeting to discuss this matter. Commissioner Diaz spoke in support of the item coming directly to the Board for consideration without committee review. Mayor Carlos Alvarez informed the Board that Chairman Barreiro attended a meeting involving negotiations to finalize the baseball stadium on yesterday (1/21), which could be finalized by Friday, January 25th. He noted Chairman Barreiro had expressed his intent to schedule a special meeting of the County Commission to consider the final negotiated baseball stadium agreement. Chairman Martinez suggested the proposed resolution(s) involving the baseball stadium be forwarded for a public hearing before the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee. Commissioner Rolle, as Chairman of today’s meeting, noted Chairman Barreiro was scheduled to attend this meeting, and that he would make that determination upon his arrival. Commissioner Moss noted, for the record, that he met with representatives from Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Florida Marlins and discussed the possibility of the Marlins holding their spring training at the Homestead Complex/Stadium, which resulted in a commitment by the MLB and Florida Marlins to work with Miami-Dade County and the City of Homestead to create a minor league baseball team or some other alternative to revitalize the Homestead Complex. Consequently, he backed away from the push to have spring training at the complex, the commissioner noted. Responding to Commissioner Moss’ comments, County Manager George Burgess noted the MLB recognized the suggestion offered by Commissioner Moss to revitalize and utilize the Homestead Complex/Stadium. Commissioner Diaz noted he as well as members of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission (MDSC) agreed with Commission Moss regarding the importance of revitalizing the Homestead Complex/Stadium; that he had asked the MDSC’s executive director to initiate efforts to identify potential opportunities and funding sources to revitalize the complex. Commissioner Moss noted allowing an amateur baseball leagues to schedule games at the complex would be a viable alternatives for revitalizing the facility as well as creating additional opportunities for young men in this community who desired to play baseball. Commissioner Seijas noted her intent to submit to the County Manager a memorandum addressing labor issues for incorporation in the final baseball stadium agreement. Hearing no objection, the Board withdrew the foregoing proposed resolution as requested by its sponsor, Chairman Barreiro. Later in the meeting, County Attorney Cuevas requested clarification from Chairman Barreiro as to whether the final baseball stadium agreement should be forwarded for Committee review or whether it should be forwarded directly to the County Commission for approval. Chairman Barreiro announced that the finalize baseball stadium agreement would be forwarded directly to the County Commission and that the County Administration would brief each commissioner before this resolution was considered by the Commission.

Board of County Commissioners 1/10/2008 11A26 Deferred 1/22/2008 P

County Manager 1/9/2008 Deferrals
REPORT: This item is being deferred at the request of its sponsor to the January 22, 2008 BCC.

Board of County Commissioners 12/20/2007 11A9 Deferred 1/10/2008 P
REPORT: Chairman Barreiro advised that he requested, by memorandum, the foregoing resolution be deferred, but asked that a discussion item pertaining to the parameters of the Baseball Stadium issue be added to today’s agenda. (See Agenda Item 16B3; Legislative File No. 080241)

Board of County Commissioners 12/18/2007 11A9 Carried over 12/20/2007

County Attorney 12/11/2007 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION REQUESTING MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO NEGOTIATE AND FINALIZE BASEBALL STADIUM AGREEMENT BY AND AMONG COUNTY, CITY OF MIAMI AND FLORIDA MARLINS, LP, RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT OF NEW BALLPARK FOR FLORIDA MARLINS, SUBJECT TO SUBSEQUENT BOARD APPROVAL; AND REAFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO PLEDGE PORTION OF PROJECTED AVAILABLE CONVENTION DEVELOPMENT TAX AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE FACILITIES TAX RECEIPTS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF SUCH BALLPARK

BODY
WHEREAS, the County has led efforts to secure a new ballpark for the Florida Marlins; and
WHEREAS, the County, the City of Miami (the "City") and the Florida Marlins L.P. (the "Marlins") continue to negotiate the terms of a baseball stadium agreement for the development, management and operation of a new ballpark for the Florida Marlins at the Orange Bowl site; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to request the Mayor or his designee to finalize negotiations with the City and the Marlins in accordance with the terms and provisions proposed in the Baseball Stadium Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Baseball Stadium Agreement") and to present the final version to this Board for consideration and approval; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to reaffirm its commitment to pledge County funding support for the Florida Marlins ballpark from projected available Convention Development Tax and the Professional Sports Franchise Facilities Tax receipts to fund project costs in an amount equal to $199,000,000,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The matters contained in the foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution by reference.
Section 2. The Board hereby requests the Mayor or his designee to negotiate and finalize the terms of a Baseball Stadium Agreement by and among the County, the City, and the Marlins in accordance with the terms and provisions proposed in the draft attached to this resolution as Exhibit A and to present the final Baseball Stadium Agreement to this Board for its consideration and approval.
Section 3. This Board hereby reaffirms its commitment to pledge County funding support for the proposed Florida Marlins ballpark from projected available Convention Development Tax and the Professional Sports Franchise Facilities Tax receipts in amounts sufficient to fund project costs in an amount equal to $199,000,000.



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