MIAMI BEACH -- The six members of the Miami Beach Commission, plus
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau critic Mayor David
Dermer, voted unanimously to renew the city's $5 million per year
contract with the bureau for two years.
The bureau, which has a $14 million annual budget, agreed to
some recommendations by Dermer and a group of select hoteliers, who
initially opposed renewal of the contract in favor of the city
doing its own visitor promotion.
Dermer, for the past few months, had complained that the bureau
gave the city an insufficient share of the spotlight when measured
by its importance and financial contributions.
The bureau agreed to consult more often with city officials on
its plans and to provide an additional $1 million to focus more
attention on the area's Tropicool summer events, gay and lesbian
tourism and boutique hotels, all of which benefit Miami Beach.