Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 102717
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File Number: 102717 File Type: Resolution Status: Public Hearing
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: GOB PROJECT NO. 293 HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND Introduced: 11/22/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 12/7/2010 Agenda Item Number: 5D
Notes: SEE #110228 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. Title: RESOLUTION APPROVING SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATION TO BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 293 - “HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND”, AS IDENTIFIED IN APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-919-04 TO ALLOCATE $1,200,000 TO HISTORIC BILTMORE HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB, AFTER PUBLIC HEARING; WAIVING ADMINISTRATIVE RULES CONTEMPLATING COMPETITIVE PROCESS; AND AUTHORIZING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO EXECUTE INTERLOCAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT AND TO DISBURSE FUNDS AFTER SATISFACTION OF CONDITIONS PRECEDENT [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NOS. 102584 & 102652] (SEE AGENDA ITEM NOS. 5C AND 5E)
Indexes: GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, 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 12/7/2010 5D Amended
REPORT: (See Agenda Item 5D Amended; Legislative File No. 102717)

Commission Auditor 11/23/2010 Legislative notes attached 12/7/2010

County Attorney 11/22/2010 Assigned Monica Rizo

Recreation, Culture & Tourism Committee 11/8/2010 2E SUBSTITUTE AMENDED Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation as amended P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Monica Rizo read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Sosa explained the importance of the foregoing item and how this property had been of great value to the community since 1925 as a hospital and a military landmark; however, she wanted the amendment to ensure the Biltmore Hotel received the needed $1.5 million in funding. Mr. George Navarette noted he was advised that the $300,000 in the interest pool was available. Assistant County Attorney Rizo advised that the foregoing item would have to be amended to include a significant modification to increase the allocation totaling $10.3 million by the additional $300,000 to be funded from the interest earnings account. She also noted the foregoing item would have to go back to the Building Better Communities Citizen’s Advisory Committee (GOB CAC) before it was presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Discussion further ensued regarding when the GOB CAC meeting was scheduled in December to address this issue. Commissioner Heyman suggested this item be provided $1.2 million in order to move forward and to later earmark the $300,000 from the interest earnings to complete the project for the purpose of historic preservation. Commissioner Sosa commended her colleagues for supporting other districts and recognized Mr. Preston, who spoke in favor of the amendment. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION APPROVING SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATION TO BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 293 - “HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND”, AS IDENTIFIED IN APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-919-04 TO ALLOCATE $1,200,000 TO HISTORIC BILTMORE HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB, AFTER PUBLIC HEARING; WAIVING ADMINISTRATIVE RULES CONTEMPLATING COMPETITIVE PROCESS; AND AUTHORIZING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO EXECUTE INTERLOCAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT AND TO DISBURSE FUNDS AFTER SATISFACTION OF CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

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WHEREAS, the Historic Biltmore Hotel and Country Club (“Biltmore”), built in 1925, is a large Spanish-style structure with a tower modeled after the Giralda tower in Seville, Spain and was built by George Merrick, the developer of Coral Gables; and
WHEREAS, the Biltmore helped influence the architectural styles of Coral Gables and Miami with its Mediterranean Revival architecture and contributed in large part to the tourism boom in southern Florida in the opening decades of the twentieth century; and
WHEREAS, the Biltmore also served as an Army hospital during World War II and later a Veteran's hospital, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and
WHEREAS, the Biltmore is owned by the City of Coral Gables and is located at 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134; and
WHEREAS, Appendix A to Resolution No. 919-04 (the “Cultural Facility Resolution”), lists projects eligible for funding from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program (the “BBC Program”) by project number, municipal project location, BCC district, project name, project description, street address, and project funding allocation; and
WHEREAS, one of the projects listed in Appendix A to the Cultural Facility Resolution and approved by the voters for funding is Project No. 293 – “Historic Preservation Fund” (“Project No. 293”), a Countywide fund with an allocation equal to $10,000,000 and a project description that states: “[e]stablish a facilities preservation fund to provide emergency funding to property owners for the rehabilitation of residential and commercial historic sites. The program is geared to make an impact in the revitalization of historic buildings at the neighborhood level, particularly designated historic districts and other areas having a high concentration of older buildings. The Preservation Fund intends to make available up to $1 million annually in grants and loans between $25,000 and $250,000 and $3 million to fund the Miami Marine Stadium and $1 million to fund the restoration of the Curtiss Mansion”; and
WHEREAS, all additions, deletions and significant modifications to individual projects or to Appendix A to the Cultural Facility Resolution require a majority vote of the Board after a public hearing; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to approve a significant modification to Project No. 293 to change the Project Description to add a [[$1.5]]>>$1.2<<1 million allocation to the restoration of the exterior of the Biltmore such that the new Project Description would read as follows: “[e]stablish a facilities preservation fund to provide emergency funding to property owners for the rehabilitation of residential and commercial historic sites. The program is geared to make an impact in the revitalization of historic buildings at the neighborhood level, particularly designated historic districts and other areas having a high concentration of older buildings. The Preservation Fund intends to make available up to $1 million annually in grants and loans between $25,000 and $250,000, $3 million to fund the Miami Marine Stadium, $1 million to fund the restoration of the Curtiss Mansion and [[$1.5]]>>$1.2<< million to fund the restoration of the exterior of the Historic Biltmore Hotel and Country Club”; and
WHEREAS, this significant modification to Project No. 293 would add the Biltmore as an eligible historical site and would allocate [[$1.5]]>>$1.2<< million of Project No. 293 BBC Program funds to its historical preservation; and
WHEREAS, the Administrative Rules governing the BBC GOB Program contemplate that the award of Project No. 293 funds to an eligible project be made pursuant to a competitive process even though such a process is not legally required; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to award [[$1.5]]>>$1.2<< million from Project No. 293 BBC GOB Program funds to the Biltmore without a competitive process; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to authorize the execution of an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with the City of Coral Gables and the disbursement of BBC GOB Program funds for this purpose only after the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent>>; and
WHEREAS, the Prime Sponsor of this resolution will sponsor a subsequent resolution to approve a significant modification to Project No. 293 in order to increase the Historic Preservation Fund’s total allocation by $300,000, to be funded from interest earnings, and to allocate such additional funds to the Biltmore<<,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution and are approved.
Section 2. This Board hereby approves the significant modification to Project No.
293, identified in Appendix A to Resolution No. R-919-04, after a public hearing to change the Project Description to read as follows: “Establish a facilities preservation fund to provide emergency funding to property owners for the rehabilitation of residential and commercial historic sites. The program is geared to make an impact in the revitalization of historic buildings at the neighborhood level, particularly designated historic districts and other areas having a high concentration of older buildings. The Preservation Fund intends to make available up to $1 million annually in grants and loans between $25,000 and $250,000, $3 million to fund the Miami Marine Stadium, $1 million to fund the restoration of the Curtiss Mansion and [[$1.5]]>>$1.2<< million to fund the restoration of the exterior of the Historic Biltmore Hotel and Country Club.”
Section 3. This Board waives the Administrative Rules governing the BBC GOB Program that contemplate the award of Project No. 293 funds to an eligible project pursuant to a competitive process and awards [[$1.5]]>>$1.2<< million from Project No. 293 BBC GOB Program funds to the restoration of the Biltmore without a competitive process.
Section 4. Notwithstanding the authority delegated to the County Manager pursuant to Resolution No. R-595-05, this Board hereby authorizes the County Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to execute an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement(s) with the City of Coral Gables and to disburse BBC GOB Program funds to fund the restoration of the Biltmore only after the satisfaction of all of the following conditions precedent: (a) the City shall submit a plan for the funding, by the Biltmore Hotel Limited Partnership d/b/a the Biltmore Hotel, of all design and construction costs associated with the complete restoration of the Biltmore (the “Project”), as described in the Biltmore Hotel’s presentation and report attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, including identification of all funding sources and written commitments from third parties, if any, (b) the City shall cause the Biltmore Hotel to submit a plan for the funding of future operating costs of the Project; and (c) Project No. 293 must be listed as a project eligible for funding in one or more BBC GOB Program bond series resolutions.

1 Committee amendments are indicated as follows: words stricken through and/or [[double bracketed]] shall be deleted, words underscored and/or >>double arrowed<< constitute the amendment proposed.



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