Fairgrounds update

Sam Smith / Editor-in-Chief



A meeting regarding a possible new location for the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Inc. was discussed at a Homestead Council meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16, according to WSVN.

FIU has been looking to expand its MMC campus into the Tamiami Park Fairgrounds, on the condition that the institution finds a replacement venue to host the fixture, which moved adjacent to FIU in 1972. FIU must also reimburse the fair for its infrastructural investment at its current location.

The new location discussed at the meeting is one Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, senior vice president of External Relations, discussed as among the most feasible back in 2013 – a county-owned agricultural property next to the Homestead Air Reserve Base.

This venue was previously rejected by the fair due to its potential to reduce attendance by 20 percent, according to Robert Hohenstein, president and chief executive officer of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, Inc.

The Miami-Dade County Commission must now vote whether to accept FIU’s proposal to move the fair to Homestead.

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