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Miami makes bid for 2016 Democratic convention



Our friends at the Miami Herald have the scoop on Miami announcing it will pursue a bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. We remember how much fun the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa was, so go, Miami! Here's an excerpt:

Miami announced on Friday it would pursue the Democratic National Convention in 2016, an event expected to require double the organizing costs of what the region expected to raise to put on the Super Bowl.

Organizers are pushing downtown’s AmericanAirlines Arena for a gathering widely expected to put Hillary Clinton atop the Democratic ticket. Initial estimates put the cost as $50 million, about what Tampa paid to host the 2012 Republican convention.

Though both Richard Nixon and George McGovern were nominated at the Miami Beach Convention Center in 1972, the region has since been out of the convention game. Miami pursued the 2000 Democratic convention, but tourism officials have pointed to costs in recent years when explaining why the region wasn’t in the hunt for the events that generally draw about 50,000 people for a week of speeches, parties and media events.

“There is truly no better place in the United States to host an event of this nature than Miami-Dade County,” reads a letter sent out Friday on county Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’s letterhead and signed by Miami Mayor Tomás P. Regalado, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and county tourism chief William D. Talbert III. “Our airport is one of the biggest and most modern in the country and our hotel inventory is among the most exquisite in the world.”

[Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 7:50pm]


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