Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 080448
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File Number: 080448 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-418-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ORANGE BLOSSOM CLASSIC Introduced: 2/12/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/8/2008
Agenda Date: 4/8/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A2
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF REINSTATING THE ORANGE BLOSSOM CLASSIC FOOTBALL GAME IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND TO REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WITHIN 60 DAYS
Indexes: FOOTBALL
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, 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 4/8/2008 11A2 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Moss explained the intent of the foregoing proposed resolution. Hearing no objection, the Board proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented. Commissioner Diaz noted his support and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission support of this resolution as well.

Airport and Tourism Committee 3/13/2008 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney David Murray read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Moss, sponsor, provided an overview of the foregoing proposed resolution. He noted if this resolution was approved by the Committee and the County Commission, he wanted to ensure the Sports Commission was involved in the process. Commissioner Sosa spoke in support of the proposed resolution, noting its historical significance and capacity to attract tourists to Miami-Dade County. Chairman Diaz spoke in support of the foregoing proposed resolution. He noted the Orange Blossom Classic Football Game was one of the Sports Commission’s priorities. Hearing no further comments or questions, the Committee voted on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 2/12/2008 Referred Airport and Tourism Committee 3/13/2008

County Attorney 2/12/2008 Assigned Eric A. Rodriguez

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF REINSTATING THE ORANGE BLOSSOM CLASSIC FOOTBALL GAME IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND TO REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WITHIN 60 DAYS

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WHEREAS, the Orange Blossom Classic Football Game and Festivities is a special event, not just a football game started by Florida A&M University back in 1933; and
WHEREAS, the Orange Blossom Classic Football Game is the forerunner of the modern day historically black colleges and university football classics and once was America’s oldest continuing college football classic; and
WHEREAS, the Orange Blossom Classic Football Game was the granddaddy of all modern black college football classics and has been held for 67 years over a span of eight decades, in five cities; and
WHEREAS, the first Orange Blossom Classic Game was held in 1933 in Jacksonville and the classic moved to Miami in 1947 and became the premier black college football game; and
WHEREAS, the Orange Blossom Classic became to black college football what the world famous Rose Bowl is to major school bowl games; and
WHEREAS, the Orange Blossom Classic Football game’s most recent renewal occurred in 2005, with a game between Florida A&M University and Florida International University; and
WHEREAS, the economic impact of an Orange Blossom Classic Football Game and weekend can be significant, as are other black college football classic games. As an example: The Florida Classic in Orlando draws over 70,000 fans and has an estimated economic impact of $14 million dollars; the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis has an estimated $17-$20 million dollar impact and the Silver Dollar Classic held in Las Vegas generated an estimated $25 million in revenue for the city of Las Vegas,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board directs the Mayor or his designee to study the feasibility of reinstating the Orange Blossom Football Classic and to report back to the Board of County Commissioners within 60 days.



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