Advocacy

June 2019 Advocacy Update

LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL ISSUES

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL:

We are actively engaged & advocating for keeping Ultra in Greater MiamiMiami and Homestead vying for future Ultra location

  • Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon held 5/21 sunshine meeting with Russell, Carollo, and Reyes to discuss bringing Ultra back to Bayfront Park. Full Commission to discuss the item at THU 6/13 meeting.
  • On WED 5/22 the Homestead City Council passed an ordinance extending Speedway operating hours to 2am, paving the way for a possible Ultra move.
  • Miami Beach Commission voted against proposal to bring Ultra to Lummus Park.

SAFETY BUTTON ORDINANCE:
We are working with the Commission to extend the effective date by 30-90 days

New requirements for Miami Beach hotels

  • Must provide housekeepers and certain employees with devices that can be used to easily notify management or security about 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.

Miami Beach Commission considering an extension

  • Commissioner Michael Gongora sponsored item to extend the effective date of the ordinance beyond the current August 1st deadline.
  • A 45 day extension, from 8/1 to 9/15 was approved by the Neighborhoods Committee and by the full Commission in first reading. The prospective extension will be up for a final vote on Wednesday, July 17th.

Resources available for navigating process

  • We hosted an April workshop to assist members with this process and made a guide available to assist owners and operators in evaluating potential solutions.

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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.
  • 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, pending Governor’s signature

  • Requires hotels and lodging establishments to provide employees with annual human trafficking awareness training, effective January 1st, 2021.
  • Requires hotels to submit their training programs for approval by DBPR.
  • Creates a fine of $2,000 per day for noncompliance with training requirements.
  • Requires police officers to complete four hours of human trafficking awareness and investigation training.
  • Creates a nonprofit and provides $250,000 in state funds to develop training and 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