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MIAMI RIVER COMMISSION
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Sep 18, 2006
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
|The Miami River Commission’s (MRC) Economic Development and Commerce (EDC) Working Group convened on Monday, September 18, 2006, 3:00 PM, at 1407 NW 7 Street, Miami, FL. The sign in sheet is enclosed|
Virtual Tour of the Future Marine Industries West on the
Mr. Armenta explained that Odebrecht is a multi-national construction
company devoted to community redevelopment and improving
infrastructure/investment. Mr. Armenta noted Odebrecht was currently
reviewing Miami International Airport (MIA) and its neighboring regions
in an effort to maximize opportunities (cargo buildings, marine service
areas, truck staging sites) and increase area compatibility. Mr.
Armenta noted the study area begins at
Mr. Brett Bibeau, MRC Managing Director, asked marine stakeholders at the
meeting for their opinion of the video. Mr.
Albert Rodriguez, MTB, stated he was pleased with the video, and was
looking forward to the possibility of the river’s marine businesses
utilizing the area to house additional cargo facilities and warehouses.
Mr. Rodriguez stated he is looking for additional warehousing to
store cargo for his shipping terminals, and stated the available
warehousing is insufficient in the upper river. Mr.
Bibeau asked if he had attended a previous MRC meeting when the
applications and information regarding the available incentives for new
and expanding business on the
Mr. Mark Bailey, Merrill-Stevens, asked for a project timeline, and Dr.
Bohnsack noted that since this project would require the creation of a
public/private partnership, a long-term timeline could not be determined
at this time. Mr. Armenta
stated Odebrecht has private long term investors whom would be
interested in “Ground Lease” where the investors would fund and
construct the improvements and uses for 20 years, then it reverts back
to the property owners. Mr.
Armenta added a Special Purpose Company (SPC) with equity partners and
users. Dr. Bohnsack
suggested that key
Dr. Bohnsack stated the Miami River Marine Group, is seeking the MRC’s
favorable recommendation and support in bringing the presented concept
to fruition. In absence of
the EDC Chairs whom were unable to attend the meeting, Dr. Bohnsack
asked Mr. Bibeau if he felt it was consistent with the Miami River
Corridor Urban Infill Plan, and Mr. Bibeau replied yes, he felt it is
consistent with the plans vision for this upper river area.
The EDC thanked Odebrecht and the MRMG for their presentation, and Mr.
Bibeau explained he would suggest to the MRC’s Executive Board on
Thursday, September 21 that they place this item on the MRC’s October
2 meeting agenda. If the
Executive Board decides to place the item on the MRC October agenda, Mr.
Bibeau noted he would like to make copies of the presentation CD to mail
MRC board members and designees one week in advance of the meeting,
which will take place on October 2, noon, Robert King High, New Board
Room, 1407 NW 7 Street.
II. Distribution & Discussion
of “Economic Impact of the Recreational Marine Industry Broward,
Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, Florida- 2005” - Mr.
Bibeau provided the EDC with copies of the aforementioned study,
performed by Thomas J. Murray & Associates, Inc. for the Marine
Industries Association of South Florida and the Broward Alliance.
Business – following items were presented/discussed:
The next regularly
scheduled third Monday of the Month,
, EDC meeting was confirmed for