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For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Seeks Proposers For Pier and Beachfront Restaurant at Haulover Park

To advance its new Haulover Park General Plan and to continue to improve the visitor experience, Miami-Dade County is seeking Requests for Proposals (RFP) from qualified developers to construct, operate and maintain a one-acre Pier and Beachfront Restaurant at Haulover Park.  The County invites interested parties to learn more about the project and provide their feedback at a Pre-Proposal Conference, taking place at 10:00 a.m. on August 7, 2013 at the Haulover Park Marina Dockmaster Building, 1st floor meeting room, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami, Florida  33167.

The County requests that all submitted proposals minimally include the top three improvements listed below, with provisions for interested parties to develop and operate them directly or through sub-agreements:

1. Casual Beachfront Restaurant (up to 25,000-square-feet) - The Restaurant shall be constructed at the southeast intersection of the Atlantic Ocean and Haulover Inlet. It should be a beach, surf and fishing themed restaurant that includes indoor and outdoor food service and associated retail and related entertainment.

2. Recreational Fishing Pier (880 linear feet) - The first of three (3) phases of Pier development must be funded, designed and constructed as part of the initial Restaurant development.  Subsequent phases may be funded and constructed in collaboration with State, County and local funding. Recreational and retail activities, such as fishing supplies, sundries, minor concession space and viewing areas may be incorporated into the design and operation of the Pier.

3. Visitor Parking Lot (250 parking spaces) - The selected proposer must improve the existing parking facilities for the Restaurant, Pier and adjacent beach area; inclusive of lighting, circulation, drainage and landscaping. 

4. Beach Concession Area (6-8 acres) - Proposals may include the following beach concession services:  a) Rental umbrellas, chairs/lounges and cabanas; b) Concession sales such as food, drink and beach related sundries; and c) Beach activity programming and events within the prescribed area that are complimentary to the capacity and theme of the Park.

"Developments like this will draw people to our beautiful waterfront spaces and bolster revenue for Miami-Dade County. We encourage developers to step up to the plate with their best ideas," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

"Creating additional active public spaces for beachgoers, recreationalists and diners will further enhance Haulover Beach Park, its appeal and use for our community," said Miami-Dade County District 4 Commissioner Sally A. Heyman.

"We are seeking proposals to expand services at Haulover Beach Park.  Amenities such as these will enhance the visitor experience to this outstanding beachfront park," said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

Haulover Park is approximately 269-acres and lies between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Biscayne Bay on the west and serves northern Miami-Dade County, including Sunny Isles Beach, Bal Harbour, North Miami, North Miami Beach and other municipal areas. 

This location was the prior site of the highly popular Lighthouse Restaurant, a seafood themed restaurant that operated from the 1940s until its demolition after a fire in the 1960s, as well as the Haulover Fishing Pier, which operated from the mid-1950s until it was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  The new fishing pier and its restaurant will be located on Haulover Cut and will carry on the beloved art deco themed architecture traditional to the park.

Interested parties are asked to please log on to the website below to get a copy of the RFP 844 and any future addendas at the website: and titled "Haulover Park Pier Beachfront Restaurant."  All questions and contact should be directed to: Andrew Zawoyski, Chief Negotiator ISD, Procurement Mgmt. Services, 111 NW 1 Street, Suite 1300, Miami, FL  33128, phone 305-375-5663 or e-mail

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor's Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 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 Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit

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