Unlock the value of our new $600M convention center, and
convert annual City revenues of $100K (parking lot) to $10M+ (hotel)...
I am a YES on the new Convention Center Hotel deal
Dear Neighbor,

What do the American Association of Orthodontists, IBM, and The Risk and Insurance Management Society all have in common? They didn't pick Miami Beach.

These conventions are part of the nearly 500,000 lost room nights that makes up more than $130million of missed revenue opportunity to Miami Beach since 2015 as a result of NOT having an attached Convention Center Hotel.

Miami Beach's NEW convention center hotel deal has all of the great attributes of the last deal and corrects what voters didn't like in 2015:
  • no city subsidy is required
  • there will be no gambling component
  • it won't impact the Jackie Gleason Fillmore theater.

Meanwhile, the new hotel:
  • Is more than 100 feet lower in height
  • Mitigates traffic impact via interior passenger and freight loading
  • Will have a world class design by famed architects Arquitectonica.

Email me to request a presentation at your next Community meeting, or to get answers to any of your questions at johnaleman@miamibeachfl.gov. If you can join us on Tuesday 7/24 in Commission Chambers, we are having a Q&A session before the Commission vote.

Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán
The 2018 Proposed Convention Center Hotel
Lower Height
The proposed height of 185 feet is nearly half the size of the previously proposed hotel – and the same height as the clock tower on Lincoln Road.

This is more than 100 feet lower in height than the 2015 proposed hotel.
Less Traffic
The new design creates Internal block circulation for valet, taxi and rideshare , moving those off the street and under the building.
The hotel will share the Fillmore's interior loading area and has two ingress/egress areas rather than only one.

The new hotel also has 111,000 sft less Floor Area Ratio (FAR).
Better Design
David Martin of Terra and Jackie Soffer of Turnberry have formed Miami Beach Connect who alongside an architecture team led by Arquitectonica's Bernardo Fort-Brescia will head up the project.

The design will have to be approved by the City's Design Review Board.
convention center hotel
Room Count
The proposed hotel has 800 rooms, which is the minimum recommended by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Out of the top 30 U.S. convention destinations, Miami Beach is one of only four that does not have a headquarter hotel in proximity of its convention center. The $600 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center will be completed this November. In order to unlock the potential of this incredible facility, Miami Beach voters must approve the hotel lease on the ballot in November.
Learn More!
Click to read the RE:MiamiBeach article

Click to read the Miami Herald article

Click to read City Manager Jimmy Morales' memo and the presentation by Miami Beach Connect.

Watch the July 17, 2018 City Commission discussion.
Total annual fiscal benefit by year five will be $10.2 million.

The value of this revenue stream over the lease term is $223 million net present value.

It will create 1,900 full-time jobs while under construction and employ 724 full-time hotel workers.
Moving Miami Beach Forward Together!
Whether you are a Miami Beach resident or a business owner in our community, my office is here to help! My door is always open, so feel free to stop by or e-mail me at johnaleman@miamibeachfl.gov. 

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John E. Alemán | City of Miami Beach Commissioner | 786-459-7111 | johnaleman@miamibeachfl.gov