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For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2012

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

''Expressions of Interest'' by Developers Sought for Zoo Miami Entertainment Area Project

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade County, through its Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, is seeking improvement of property within and adjacent to Zoo Miami, referred to as the "Zoo Miami Entertainment Area" (ZMEA), through a two-stage development process.

In Stage 1, the County is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from prospective developers (designers, operators, developers, consultants, financiers, and others) who want to independently, collectively and/or collaboratively develop certain real property within the County through various leases, licenses and common land agreements.  Based on input from the EOI, the County will solicit in Stage 2 an Invitation to Negotiate with developer(s) whose proposal are found to economically be in the best interest of the County.

Developers will have two ZMEA sites to consider. Site-1 is a 118-AC area within Zoo Miami and Site 2 is a 279-AC area adjacent to Zoo Miami presently and previously supporting Coast Guard uses.  Permissible developments may include, among other uses, various combinations of:  1) Attractions; 2) Amusements; 3) Lodging; 4) Restaurants and Retail; 5) Restaurant/Banquet Hall; and 6) Business/Conference Center.

"We envision the development of a world-class entertainment destination with premier attractions, services and venues that will not only stimulate economic vitality and the growing needs of our thriving southwest Miami-Dade County, but increase tourist visitation to the area, facilitating a more balanced and sustainable financial outlook for the entire County," said Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss who chairs the Zoo Oversight Board that oversees Zoo Miami. "We encourage all major developers to take advantage of this lucrative business opportunity and bring their best and brightest ideas to us."

The ZMEA plan seeks to further develop County owned and non-County owned land into compatible, complementary improvements and increase resident and tourist visitation to the area. EOI development proposals from prospective developers should specifically be designed to accomplish the following goals: 1) provide economic development; 2) increase visitation to the area; 3) provide revenue to Zoo Miami; and 4) protect existing natural areas.

The Department will be holding an Industry Day to describe the project and provide information to prospective developers on April 19, 2012 in the Dr. Wild's World facility at Zoo Miami. Those interested in responding to this EOI should request information and submit a maximum of 10 pages describing their expression of interest in the project.  EOI responses from proposers that are deemed viable will be invited for further discussions with Department staff.  All submissions, questions and contact should be directed to:  Kevin Asher, AICP, Supervisor, Special Projects, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, 275 NW 2 St., Suite 542, Miami, FL  33128,  phone 305-755-7901. Further information on the project is available at the Miami-Dade County Parks web site and titled "EOI Zoo Miami Entertainment Area," starting March 16, 2012.

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.


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