Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 132468
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File Number: 132468 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1062-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SOCCER STADIM IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI Introduced: 12/6/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/17/2013
Agenda Date: 12/17/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO IDENTIFY VIABLE LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN MIAMI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOCCER STADIUM FACILITY FOR NEW MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER FRANCHISE, TO ANALYZE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPMENT OF STADIUM AT SUCH LOCATIONS, AND TO NEGOTIATE AND FINALIZE AGREEMENTS WITH ALL NECESSARY PARTIES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF STADIUM AT PREFERRED LOCATION, SUBJECT TO SUBSEQUENT BOARD CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL
Indexes: SOCCER
Sponsors: Bruno A. Barreiro, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Xavier L. Suarez, 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 12/17/2013 11A1 Adopted P

Office of the Chairperson 12/16/2013 Scrivener's Errors
REPORT: On handwritten page 4 in the last Whereas, should read: WHEREAS, Mr. Beckham has publicly conveyed his interest in Miami-Dade County as the possible home of his Major League Soccer franchise,

County Attorney 12/6/2013 Referred

County Attorney 12/6/2013 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO IDENTIFY VIABLE LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN MIAMI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOCCER STADIUM FACILITY FOR NEW MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER FRANCHISE, TO ANALYZE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPMENT OF STADIUM AT SUCH LOCATIONS, AND TO NEGOTIATE AND FINALIZE AGREEMENTS WITH ALL NECESSARY PARTIES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF STADIUM AT PREFERRED LOCATION, SUBJECT TO SUBSEQUENT BOARD CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL

BODY

WHEREAS, the sport of soccer, the “World’s Game”, has over 265 million participants worldwide; and
WHEREAS, soccer is one of the top participation sports in the United States with over 24 million participants; and
WHEREAS, Major League Soccer, the highest level of professional soccer in the United States and Canada, is the third most popular professional sports league in the United States in terms of average attendance; and
WHEREAS, due to the growth of soccer’s popularity, Major League Soccer has announced a strong interest in expanding its league; and
WHEREAS, Major League Soccer has a strong desire to have a presence in the southeast United States; and
WHEREAS, in light of soccer’s popularity and international appeal, the City of Orlando and Orange and Seminole counties partnered with Orlando City Soccer Club to bring Major League Soccer to their community in an effort to leverage soccer’s international exposure to further strengthen the area’s tourism and hospitality industry; and
WHEREAS, on November 18, 2013 Major League Soccer announced that Orlando City Soccer Club, in partnership with the City of Orlando and Orange and Seminole counties, will be the league’s 21st team joining the league in 2015; and
WHEREAS, the city of Atlanta is also being considered by Major League Soccer as part of their southeastern United States expansion strategy; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County has demonstrated its support of the game by strong attendance at local international matches and high television viewership as evidenced by Nielsen’s ratings of soccer matches, both due in large part to the County’s demographics; and
WHEREAS, a Major League Soccer stadium facility located in the downtown area has the potential to further strengthen its vibrancy and to continue to position the urban core as a live, work and play center; and
WHEREAS, Major League Soccer has communicated its interest in Miami-Dade County as the location of a possible 22nd team in the league via expansion; and
WHEREAS, an Major League Soccer franchise would generate a positive economic impact to our community by creating jobs and delivering other direct and indirect benefits; and
WHEREAS, Major League Soccer has reported that Mr. David Beckham has an option to own an Major League Soccer franchise; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Beckham has publicly conveyed his interest in Miami-Dade County as the possible home of his Major League Soccer franchise,
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 directs the County Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to identify viable locations in or near downtown Miami for development of a soccer stadium facility for a new Major League Soccer franchise and to analyze the feasibility of the development of such stadium facility at the identified locations. This Board hereby directs the County Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to negotiate and finalize the terms of agreements with all necessary parties for the development of the stadium facility at the preferred location and to present such agreements to this Board for its subsequent consideration and approval. At a minimum, the agreements shall provide as follows: (a) the County shall have no responsibility or obligation to contribute County funds towards the development and construction costs of the soccer stadium facility; (b) the developer of the soccer stadium facility shall be solely responsible for funding all development and construction costs of the stadium facility; and (c) rent shall be due and owing to the County for use and occupancy of the soccer stadium site if such site is owned by the County.
Section 3. This Board hereby directs the County Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to prepare and submit to this Board a written report detailing the feasibility of development of the soccer stadium facility at the proposed site. This report shall be submitted to the Board at the time the Board considers approval of agreements for the development of the stadium facility and shall include, at a minimum, an analysis of the impacts of the proposed development, including, but not limited to, the economic impact to the County as a whole, traffic impacts to the surrounding areas, and direct or indirect impacts to neighboring businesses.
Section 4. The County shall hold three (3) public meetings regarding any resolution approving agreements related to the development of a new soccer stadium facility for a new Major League Soccer franchise. The County Mayor or the Mayor’s designee shall schedule public meetings on any such proposed resolution following the Chairperson’s assignment of the items to committee or following any waiver of the committee requirement. Such public meetings shall be held prior to this Board’s consideration of the proposed resolution. The public meetings required in this section shall be conducted by county staff and shall be for the purpose of soliciting community input about the proposed development. Members of the public, County officials and County staff may be heard at such meetings. All public meetings required hereby shall be held at locations and times which are accessible and convenient to the majority of residents in Miami-Dade County and allow for maximum participation by geographic and ethnic communities within Miami-Dade County. All public meetings shall be appropriately advertised, including use of print advertisements in newspapers of general circulation and community based periodicals. The provisions of this section shall be construed as directory only and failure to comply with the provisions hereof shall not affect the validity of any resolution or action of this Board.



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