Sides hold meeting to resolve Miami show dispute

Miami commissioners and members of the Key Biscayne Village Council were scheduled to hold a key joint meeting this morning.
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Miami commissioners and members of the Key Biscayne Village Council were scheduled to hold a key joint meeting this morning in the hopes of resolving a dispute over plans to host the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.

The meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Miami Dade College, is part of a required mediation process triggered by a lawsuit Key Biscayne officials filed in February against the city of Miami, according to an article in the Miami Herald.

The suit, which entered into mediation shortly after being filed, challenges the city’s plans to build an $18 million event space and park outside the Marine Stadium and host the boat show’s feature event there in February.

Village officials, who have also sued the boat show’s parent company, say the city is violating a deed restriction by hosting a commercial event on the site and that the traffic generated by the show will clog the Rickenbacker Causeway. They also contend that the plans were made in “closed-door” sessions.

The city and the National Marine Manufacturers Association dispute the allegations and boat show executives say they’ve prepared a comprehensive traffic plan.

Plans have continued to move forward despite the legal disputes.

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