Advocacy

August 2019 Advocacy Update

LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL ISSUES

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL:
We actively engaged & advocated for bringing back to Bayfront Park

City of Miami Commission Votes To Approve Deal With Ultra
• GMBHA leadership met with city commissioners to highlight economic impact of Ultra on the Miami tourism economy.
• Our call-to-action campaign generated more than 250 emails and 70 calls from our members to City of Miami Commissioners.
• GMBHA members and employees provided public comments at related city commission meetings.

MIAMI BEACH SAFETY BUTTON ORDINANCE:
We worked with the City Commission to extend the effective date by 45 days

Miami Beach Commission extends effective date to September 15th
• GMBHA hosted an April workshop with the City of Miami Beach to assist members with this process and made a guide available to assist owners and operators in evaluating potential solutions.
•We met with City Commissioners and secured their support for extending the effective date by 45 days to September 15th, to provide flexibility for industry.

New requirements for Miami Beach hotels
• Must provide housekeepers and certain employees with devices that can be used to easily summon security to the location of an attack or threat.
• Must post a notice in every guestroom, with a minimum font size of 14 pts.
• Must submit affidavit of compliance with annual Business Tax Receipt.

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FL LEGISLATIVE RECAP

SHORT-TERM RENTALS:
We successfully advocated against preemption bills that would have eliminated current local authority and grandfathered ordinances.

Preemption bills fail
• Due to our collective efforts, SB 824 stalled in Senate a committee and HB 987 was not brought up for a vote in the full House.
• Our members sent more than 400 emails and made more than 90 calls to key legislators in opposition to short term rental preemption bills.
• Bills that would have strengthened registration requirements or local authority were not considered in either chamber. Expect this issue to arise again next year.

VISIT FLORIDA:
We advocated vociferously in favor of Visit Florida’s renewal and full funding

Renewed for two years at reduced funding
The legislature temporarily renewed Visit Florida for two years during which time the Governor will evaluate its effectiveness. However, the legislature reduced funding to $50M, down from $76M the previous year.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING:
Legislation passed by both chambers, signed by Governor
• Requires hotels & lodging establishments to provide employees with annual human trafficking awareness training, effective 1/1/21. Requires training programs be approved by DBPR. Creates fine of $2,000 per day for noncompliance..
• Requires police officers complete four hours of human trafficking investigation training. Creates nonprofit & provides state funds to develop training & best practices to deter human trafficking, report cases, and help victims.
• Creates a “Soliciting for Prostitution Public Database” listing those who are convicted or plead no contest to soliciting prostitution.

Armando Ibarra
ADVOCACY + INSIGHTS
Ai Advisory Inc.
(786) 514-2965