Today, May 17, 2018, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC) considered and voted on the American Dream Miami mega-mall, which, if and once it is completed, will be the largest retail center in North America. While the South Florida Taxpayers Alliance (SFTA), a coalition of well-established malls that support 17,000 Miami-Dade County jobs and paid $48 million in property taxes in 2017 alone, welcomes this competition, our organization exists to ensure that this private project is not funded or subsidized by taxpayer dollars. Thankfully, the BCC protected the interests of all Miami-Dade County residents and taxpayers by passing a resolution 11-1 to guarantee that Miami-Dade County does not pay for any part of the construction of this project.
On behalf of all Miami-Dade County taxpayers, the SFTA would like to pay special thanks to Commissioner José “Pepe” Díaz for introducing and championing this resolution, which will protect residents’ pockets and the County’s coffers. We would also like to thank Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who seconded the motion, and Commissioners Bovo (Chairman), Edmonson (Vice Chairwoman), Heyman, Levine Cava, Martínez, Monestime, Moss, Souto and Suárez for supporting this critical piece of legislation.
This vote represents a big victory for all Miami-Dade County taxpayers and residents, as public funds should not be used to build this project. Finally, we’d like to thank Mayor Carlos Giménez for his continued stance on this issue and unwavering support for protecting taxpayer dollars. Again, thank you, Mayor and Commissioners, for defending the interests of your constituents and serving our whole community!
For more information, contact Alex Heckler at (954) 937-8545.
— South Florida Taxpayers Alliance