Miami-Dade County commissioners have delayed a vote on a key permit for the Miami International Boat Show until December 15, the Miami Herald reported.
The show is requesting a permit for an 830-slip dock system for waterfront displays. The permit would also allow for the show 's plan to use shuttle buses and water taxis to deliver attendees to the show site. The county’s environmental arm has recommended that the commission approve it.
The vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
"We trust the environmental agencies to do their job, as they always do and always have in working with the Miami International Boat Show for decades. The Boat Show is committed to protecting the environment and our track record and efforts to date in our planning the 2016 show prove our commitment. In fact, the Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources recommended our permit for approval to the County Commission. We understand that the Board of County Commissioners would like additional time to review the Administration’s favorable recommendation to approve our Class I special event permit application, and we stand ready to assist with any questions the Board members may have.
"The permit is solely for the in-water portion of the boat-show. If we don’t receive the permit for some reason, and we don’t believe that’s likely, the show would go on and we would find an in-water solution. The Miami International Boat Show being disrupted in any way would be an economic disaster for the State, County and City, removing more than $30 million in tax revenue, jeopardizing 55,000 jobs and the industry’s $2.3 billion in annual new product sales in Florida. We don’t believe the County Commission would put this at risk."