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.
FL LEGISLATIVE RECAP
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.
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.
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.
ADVOCACY + INSIGHTS
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