Written by Miami Today on February 24, 2011
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ANY MEANS NECESSARY: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind both a Sun Life Stadium makeover and overhaul of the Miami Beach Convention Center but won’t take a position on how either should be accomplished. "We are standing behind the need to update both. When you look at national facilities in their respective fields we’re lagging," said chamber Chairman Maria Alonso. "We’re in the middle or bottom rung of the pack." The chamber won’t take a position on any of the bills soon to be debated in the legislature that could determine how and if both projects would be funded. "I think part of the issue is bills change throughout the course of session," she said. "You support a bill at the onset, it might look very different from what it looks like at the end."
GO FLOAT A BOAT: The Miami Beach City Commission’s Finance and Citywide Projects Committee meeting to discuss the $640 million Miami Beach Convention Center overhaul was bumped. Concerns over conflicts due to the Miami International Boat Show, first raised at the most recent convention center steering committee meeting, pushed the date back to 3:30 p.m. today (2/24) at city hall. Tourism officials have been pushing for the revamp for nearly 10 years.
PARKING BONANZA: Miami is looking raise the cost to rent the parking lot of Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key to be "comparable with other government-imposed fees for these types of events" and increase projected revenue, according to city documents. The venue is popular with triathlon events, including some deterred from Crandon Park because of Miami-Dade County’s no-advertising rule there. Commissioners are to vote today (2/24) on changing the rate from $2,000 per day or $15 per square foot to $2,500 per day, bringing projected annual revenue from renting the city-owned site to $72,500. The city had projected earning $25,766 after changing the fee structure for this fiscal year.
AWASH WITH ADS: Following the City of Miami’s money-generating move to allow advertisement on the side of its administrative building, Miami commissioners are to vote today (2/24) on an agreement with Clear Channel Outdoor for a billboard at police headquarters. Revenue would include an $80,000 annual license fee or 20% of revenues for the first five years, increasing periodically.
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