Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 140424
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File Number: 140424 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-248-14 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: STUDY RE: ECONOMIC IMPACT OF PROFESSIONAL EVENTS Introduced: 2/25/2014
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/4/2014
Agenda Date: 3/4/2014 Agenda Item Number: 11A19
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO STUDY DATA AND UNDERTAKE ANY NECESSARY RESEARCH IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN THE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON ANNUAL BASIS TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OF ALL MAJOR CULTURAL, SPORTING, ENTERTAINMENT, POLITICAL, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS, AND PROFESSIONAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES HELD IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS AND TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT WITH THE RESULTS OF SUCH STUDY TO THE BOARD AT THE MAY 20, 2014 BOARD MEETING [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 140223]
Indexes: STUDY
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, 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 3/4/2014 11A19 Adopted P

County Attorney 2/25/2014 Assigned Monica Rizo

Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee 2/10/2014 2E Amended Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Monica Rizo read the foregoing proposed resolution, as amended with Committee amendment(s). Chairman Souto stated that he was pleased with the accomplishments of the Cultural Affairs and Recreation Committee (CRC) and noted he believed that the County had benefitted tremendously from all the work done by the Committee and the Cultural Affairs Department. He spoke of soccer superstar David Beckham’s recent visit to the County, highlighting his stop at Kendall Soccer Park, the home of “Soccer 5” which boasts four illuminated soccer fields. Chairman Souto asked Mr. Jack Kardys, Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS), to elaborate on the details of Mr. Beckham’s visit to the park. Mr. Kardys reported that Mr. Beckham’s visit to the Kendall Soccer Park was a great success. He spoke about the overwhelming response from the community for Mr. Beckham’s visit and stated he believed that the Kendall Soccer Park was the ideal location for the event. Chairman Souto spoke about his involvement in the initiative to promote and grow soccer in Miami Dade County. He recalled the history of Kendall Soccer Park and all the underlying work that went into securing the land, as well as financing and constructing the facility. Chairman Souto highlighted the fact that Kendall Soccer Park was not only self-sufficient but was one of many parks that generated income for the County. He suggested that income generated by parks such as Kendall Soccer Park and the Equestrian Center located in Tropical Park be used to offset the operating costs for smaller parks throughout the County; thus creating a self-sufficient parks system. Chairman Souto stated that while he was unaware of the reasons why Mr. Beckham chose Kendall Soccer Park as a stop in his visit to South Florida, he believed that the decision to use the Park was a clever one and fully supported Mr. Beckham’s decision. He stated that while he was not involved in the efforts to bring Major League Soccer (MLS) to Miami, he hoped the venture would be successful and result in greater advancement and benefits for the citizens of Miami Dade County. Vice Chairwoman Jordan opened the floor for public comments on the foregoing proposed resolution, as amended. Ms. Renita Holmes, 5800 NW 7th Avenue, Suite 213, Miami, appeared on behalf of the Women’s Association and Alliance against Violent Experiences (WAAVE), and spoke of the important role parks, recreational facilities and safe spaces played in the lives of children and victims of domestic abuse and violence. She called for the study to be more diverse and explore the issues of accessibility to parks and other cultural facilities by the less fortunate. Ms. Holmes also asked for the study to be more gender specific. Hearing no further discussion, the Committee members proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution, as amended.

Legislative Text


TITLE

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO STUDY DATA AND UNDERTAKE ANY NECESSARY RESEARCH IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN THE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON ANNUAL BASIS TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OF ALL MAJOR CULTURAL, SPORTING, ENTERTAINMENT, POLITICAL, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS, AND PROFESSIONAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES HELD IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS AND TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT WITH THE RESULTS OF SUCH STUDY TO THE BOARD AT THE MAY 20, 2014 BOARD MEETING

BODY

WHEREAS, according to the United States Census Bureau, Miami-Dade County had approximately 2.6 million residents in 2012; and
WHEREAS, in that same year, the Miami-Dade Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that Miami-Dade County received 13.9 million overnight visitors which in turn spent approximately $21.8 billion in the County; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is home to three major professional sports teams- the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Marlins and the Miami Heat, which basketball team won the national championship in the National Basketball Association in 2012 and 2013, resulting in record sales and attendance at Heat games; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County hosts one of the largest and most successful annual tennis tournaments in the world, the Sony Open Tennis Tournament, which draws thousands of international visitors every year; and
WHEREAS, within Miami-Dade County there resides a multitude of post-secondary educational facilities including, most notably, the University of Miami, ranked among the top 50 universities in the nation, Florida International University, South Florida’s premiere public research university, and [[Miami-Dade Community]] >>Miami Dade<< College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County also is home to magnificent cultural institutions such as the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the South Dade Cultural Center, the New World Symphony, the new Perez Art Museum, the Miami Science Museum, Vizcaya, HistoryMiami, and the Bass Museum of Art; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County uniquely hosts events that draws thousands, if not millions of participants and spectators every year, such as the Ultra Music Fest, Art Basel, and the South Beach Food and Wine Festival; and
WHEREAS, indeed, Miami-Dade County sees, on an annual basis, a whole host of cultural, sporting, entertainment, political, educational, religious, and professional events that attract local, state, national, and international visitors and money; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of Miami-Dade County to foster these events and institutions that host, house and promote them in order to maintain and increase the economic impact of these activities in the County and the first step in doing so is to ascertain the extent of the economic impact of these events and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board directs the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to study data and undertake any necessary research in order to ascertain the economic impact on an annual basis to Miami-Dade County of all major cultural, sporting, entertainment, political, educational, religious and professional events and activities held in Miami-Dade County for the past five years and to provide a written report with the results of such study to the Board at its May 20, 2014 meeting.



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