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File Number: 090442
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File Number: 090442 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-239-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: PORT OF MIAMI TUNNEL PROJECT Introduced: 2/23/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/3/2009
Agenda Date: 3/3/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A18
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO KEEP THE PORT OF MIAMI TUNNEL PROJECT FULLY FUNDED AND ON SCHEDULE; FURTHER URGING THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE THE EVALUATION AND NEGOTIATION PROCESS RELATED TO THE PORT TUNNEL PROJECT PURSUANT TO THE GOVERNOR’S COMMITMENT; IDENTIFYING THE PORT TUNNEL PROJECT AS A CRITICAL PRIORITY FOR THE 2009 STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 090216]
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  PORT OF MIAMI
  URGING
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-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 3/3/2009 11A18 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Martinez spoke in opposition to this proposed resolution. The Board proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 2/23/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 2/24/2009

Airport and Seaport Committee 2/12/2009 2A Amended Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney David Murray read the foregoing resolution into the record. Commissioner Sosa offered a friendly amendment to this resolution to reflect that if the Port of Miami Tunnel was not approved by the State, the money earmarked for the Tunnel would remain in the County. In response to Commissioner Diaz’s inquiry regarding whether it had been established that money earmarked for the Port of Miami Tunnel would remain in Miami-Dade County, Assistant County Manager Ysela Llort noted that representatives of the State noted the earmarked money would remain in the Florida Department of Transportation District VI Work Program. Vice Chairman Diaz asked Commissioner Sosa to amend her amendment to reflect that if the Port of Miami Tunnel project was not approved by the State, the money earmarked for this project would go toward proposed projects in the County which were awaiting funding. Commissioner Gimenez spoke in support of Commissioner Sosa’s amendment. Commissioner Diaz later clarified that the intent of his amendment was to ensure projects in the County were targeted. It was moved by Commissioner Sosa that the foregoing resolution be amended to reflect that if the Port of Miami Tunnel was not approved by the State, the money earmarked for the Tunnel would remain in the County. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez, and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 4-0 (Commissioners Barreiro and Seijas were absent). Hearing no further discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing resolution as amended to reflect that if the Port of Miami Tunnel was not approved by the State, the money earmarked for the Tunnel would remain in the County.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO KEEP THE PORT OF MIAMI TUNNEL PROJECT FULLY FUNDED AND ON SCHEDULE; FURTHER URGING THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE THE EVALUATION AND NEGOTIATION PROCESS RELATED TO THE PORT TUNNEL PROJECT PURSUANT TO THE GOVERNORíS COMMITMENT; IDENTIFYING THE PORT TUNNEL PROJECT AS A CRITICAL PRIORITY FOR THE 2009 STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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WHEREAS, the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport are the engines that drive the Miami-Dade County economy; and
WHEREAS, the Port of Miami currently generates 180,000 jobs and over $17 billion to our local economy, and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that we are proactive to ensure that the Port of Miami remains a globally competitive cargo destination as it competes with other ports both within and outside the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, one of the challenges the Port of Miami faces is access to the Port through downtown Miami; and
WHEREAS, it was long ago determined that the Port Tunnel was the best way to alleviate Port access concerns; and
WHEREAS, many years of effort have gone into the Port Tunnel Project by the State of Florida, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami; and
WHEREAS, on July 24, 2007, this Board adopted Resolution No. 889-07 approving a Master Agreement among the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami to provide funding for the Port Tunnel Project in the amount of approximately $1 billion; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami have evidenced their commitment to the Port Tunnel Project by a joint maximum financial contribution of approximately $457.5 million; and
WHEREAS, on April 8, 2008, this Board adopted Ordinance No. 08-39 approving a covenant to budget and appropriate annually from non-ad valorem revenues of the County amounts sufficient to pay any repayment obligations with respect to an irrevocable letter of credit in an amount of $75 million in favor of FDOT for the Port Tunnel Project; and
WHEREAS, on December 12, 2008, FDOT unexpectedly announced that the Port Tunnel Project was being suspended; and
WHEREAS, on December 18, 2008, the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Governing Board strongly expressed its disappointment in FDOTís decision to suspend the Port Tunnel Project and urged the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation to support the Project; and
WHEREAS, on January 18, 2008, Senate President Jeff Atwater and members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation toured the Port of Miami and participated in a presentation on the Port Tunnel Project; and
WHEREAS, Governor Charlie Crist has personally committed to resume the evaluation and negotiation process on the Port Tunnel Project; and
WHEREAS, the Port Tunnel Project would create an estimated 600 jobs for our local community and position the Port of Miami to handle cargo into the future; and
WHEREAS, at a time when governments at all levels look towards passing economic stimulus packages to reinvigorate the economy, keeping the Port Tunnel Project funded and on schedule is a top priority,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature to keep the Port of Miami Tunnel Project fully funded and on schedule.
Section 2. Urges Governor Crist and the Florida Department of Transportation to continue the evaluation and negotiation process on the Port Tunnel Project pursuant to the Governorís commitment.
Section 3. Identifies the Port Tunnel Project as a Critical Priority for the 2009 state legislative session.
>>Section 4. In the event that after all available means to pursue the Port Tunnel Project are exhausted and the Project is not built, urges Governor Crist, the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Transportation to keep all funds earmarked for the Port Tunnel Project in Miami-Dade County to fund transportation projects that do not replace or supplant projects that are already funded for construction, but are instead additional projects.<<
Section [[4]]>>5<<. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, the Senate President, the House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation, and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation.
Section [[5]]>>6<<. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Sections 1>>,<< [[and]] 2 >>and 4<< above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2009 State Legislative Package to include this item as a Critical Priority.

1 Words stricken through and/or [[double bracketed]] shall be deleted. Words underscored and/or >>double arrowed<< constitute the amendment proposed. Remaining provisions are now in effect and remain unchanged.



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