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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez extends waiver of lay berth fees for another 30 days in support of PortMiami's cruise partners

MIAMI ( May 13, 2020 )

As the cruise industry continues to experience the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez shows support for PortMiami’s cruise line partners by extending the waiver of lay berth and harbor fees. Effective immediately, this waiver is extended for an additional 30 days through June 11, 2020, subject to availability. 

On March 13, 2020, Mayor Gimenez announced a 30-day waiver of all lay berth fees for PortMiami’s home-ported vessels. (See original press release here.)

On April 9, 2020, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a No Sail Order for cruise ships for up to 100 days. Consequently, on April 13th the Mayor extended the waiver through May 12th and broadened the definition of the waiver to apply to any vessel owned by a cruise company that has a berthing or operating agreement with Miami-Dade County. (See original press release here.)

The time period for the waiver can be amended, as needed, at Miami-Dade County’s sole discretion.

“Miami-Dade is known for being the Cruise Capital of the World, and PortMiami for being one of the main economic drivers of our local economy,” said Mayor Gimenez.  “It is certainly painful to see the financial effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on one of our most important industries. We have a great, long-standing relationship with the lines, and we will continue to offer support.”

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