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Miami-Dade County Mayor extends waiver of lay berth and harbor fees for Cruise Line Partners at PortMiami

MIAMI ( July 10, 2020 )

The cruise industry continues to experience the economic effects of COVID-19. In support for Miami-Dade County’s cruise line partners, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will extend the waiver of lay berth and harbor fees for an additional 30 days through August 11, 2020, subject to availability at PortMiami. 

On March 13, 2020, Mayor Gimenez announced a 30-day waiver of all lay berth fees for PortMiami’s home-ported vessels.

On April 9, 2020, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a No Sail Order for cruise ships. Consequently, on April 13th Mayor Gimenez 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.

On June 19, 2020, the Cruise Line Industry Association announced to voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. cruise passenger operations until September 15, 2020.

“Our partnership with the cruise industry is stronger than ever, and we will continue to offer our support,” said Mayor Gimenez. 

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

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