Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 100594
Printable PDF Format Download Adobe Reader  Clerk's Official Copy   

File Number: 100594 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-329-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: RENAMING OF MIAMI METROZOO Introduced: 3/4/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/6/2010
Agenda Date: 4/6/2010 Agenda Item Number: 5B
Notes: TLL- 3/4/2010 PUBLIC HEARING @ BCC Title: RESOLUTION APPROVING THE RENAMING OF MIAMI METROZOO TO ''MIAMI-DADE ZOOLOGICAL PARK AND GARDENS'' AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING
Indexes: METROZOO
  RENAMING
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, 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 4/6/2010 5B Adopted P

Recreation, Culture & Tourism Committee 3/8/2010 2B Forwarded to the BCC by BCC Chairperson due to lack of a quorum
REPORT: According to the County Attorney's Office, an appropriate memorandum was submitted by Chairman Souto requesting that Chairman Moss as Chairman of the County Commission, waive the Board's Rules and Procedures to allow the foregoing proposed resolution to be heard at the April 6, 2010 BCC meeting.

County Manager 3/5/2010 Additions Recreation, Culture & Tourism Committee 3/8/2010

County Attorney 3/5/2010 Assigned Monica Rizo 3/5/2010

County Manager 3/4/2010 Referred Recreation, Culture & Tourism Committee 3/8/2010

County Manager 3/4/2010 Assigned County Attorney 4/6/2010
REPORT: PARK & RECREATION (ADD-ON RCT 3/8/2010) (ASST. COUNTY ATTY: MONICA RIZO)

County Manager 3/4/2010 Assigned Alex Munoz 2/21/2010 3/4/2010

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION APPROVING THE RENAMING OF MIAMI METROZOO TO ''MIAMI-DADE ZOOLOGICAL PARK AND GARDENS'' AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami MetroZoo is a Zoological Park of national stature and recognition, and is consistently rated one of America’s top ten zoos; and

WHEREAS, Miami MetroZoo is one of the County’s most unique public assets and visitor attractions; and

WHEREAS, more than 800,000 visitors enjoy Miami MetroZoo annually, and more than 15 million people of all ages have visited the zoo since it opened at its current location in 1981; and

WHEREAS, Miami MetroZoo reaches a broad and diverse audience including local and statewide residents, as well as national and international visitors; and

WHEREAS, Miami MetroZoo’s newest exhibit, Amazon and Beyond is the largest exhibit on tropical American flora and fauna in the U.S. and possibly the world with 27 acres featuring over 100 astonishing species, with a total of over 600 new animals; and

WHEREAS, Amazon and Beyond, larger than most zoos in the nation, focuses local, national and international attention on Miami MetroZoo, and consequently on the State of Florida, as a leader in conservation, education and cultural enrichment; and

WHEREAS, Miami MetroZoo will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on July 4, 2010; and

WHEREAS, the Park and Recreation Department, Zoological Society of Florida and MetroZoo Oversight Board jointly agree that renaming Miami MetroZoo to “Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens” is the most appropriate way to commemorate this 30th Anniversary celebration of Miami MetroZoo; and

WHEREAS, the name “Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens” is more consistent with that of other leading world-class zoos and better encompasses the variety of flora and fauna found at Miami MetroZoo; and

WHEREAS, the day to day name for the Zoo will be “Zoo Miami” for marketing and recognition purposes,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:

Section 1. Approves the renaming of Miami MetroZoo as “Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens” after a public hearing.

Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the United States Postal Service, and the following County Departments: General Services Administration, Traffic Signals and Signs Division of the Public Works Department, Land Development Division of the Public Works Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.

HEADER
Date:

To: Honorable Chairman Dennis C. Moss
and Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: George M. Burgess
County Manager

Subject: Renaming of Miami MetroZoo to “Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens”

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Board approve the attached resolution authorizing the renaming of Miami MetroZoo to “Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens”.

Scope
Miami MetroZoo is located at 12400 SW 152 Street in Commission District 9. The Zoo is operated by the Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) and is open to all residents and visitors of Miami-Dade County. The impact of this agenda item is countywide.

Fiscal Impact/Funding Source
There is no fiscal impact to the County related to this name change.

Track Record/Monitor
N/A

MANAGER'S BACKGROUND
Background
Miami MetroZoo, consistently rated one of America’s top ten zoos, is the only zoo in a sub-tropic region of the continental United States. More than 800,000 visitors enjoy the Zoo annually; it has reached more than 15 million people of all ages since opening at its current location in 1981. Miami MetroZoo reaches a broad and diverse audience including local and statewide residents, as well as national and international visitors. Twenty-five percent of the Zoo’s visitors are from outside Miami-Dade County, according to a 2005 study by Morey & Associates Marketing Researchers.

A new exhibit, Amazon and Beyond opened at MetroZoo on December 6, 2008. This new exhibit has 27 acres dedicated to the flora and fauna of tropical America. It features over 100 astonishing species with a total of over 600 new animals. Some of the featured animals in this exhibit include jaguars, anacondas, giant river otters and harpy eagles. This one exhibit is larger than most zoos in the nation. A world-class exhibit, Amazon and Beyond focuses local, national and international attention on Miami MetroZoo and consequently, on the State of Florida as a leader in conservation, education and cultural enrichment. It is the largest exhibit on tropical American flora and fauna in the United States and possibly the world.

As Miami MetroZoo celebrates its 30th Anniversary, the MDPR, Zoological Society of Florida and MetroZoo Oversight Board are recommending a renaming to adequately reflect its current operation as a world class zoo. The new name, “Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens” is more consistent with that of other leading world-class zoos and it better encompasses the variety of flora and fauna found at MetroZoo. For marketing and recognition purposes in local, state-wide and international communities, the day to day name to be used will be “Zoo Miami”.

Attachments




_______________________________
Alex Muñoz
Assistant County Manager



Home  |   Agendas  |   Minutes  |   Legislative Search  |   Lobbyist Registration  |   Legislative Reports
2014 BCC Meeting Calendar  |   Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances   |   ADA Notice  |  

Home  |  Using Our Site  |  About Phone Directory  |  Privacy  |  Disclaimer

E-mail your comments, questions and suggestions to Webmaster  

Web Site © 2014 Miami-Dade County.
All rights reserved.