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April 23, 2014

Miami one of 15 cities invited to bid on 2016 Democratic convention

Miami is one of 15 cities invited to bid on the 2016 Democratic National Convention, leaving local governments to decide whether the $50 million price tag is worth the effort.

Miami is one of 15 cities invited to bid on the 2016 Democratic National Convention, leaving local governments to decide whether the $50 million price tag is worth the effort.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Broward Democrat who serves as head of the Democratic National Committee, issued a request for proposals Tuesday to the Miami area and 14 cities, including Orlando, New York, Cleveland, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh.

Miami-Dade has opted not to pursue political conventions in past election cycles, citing costs. The initial estimate for hosting the 2016 convention that may nominate Hillary Clinton is $50 million, roughly what Tampa spent to host the 2012 Republican convention.

Earlier this year, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez offered the county’s AmericanAirlines Arena as a convention site for the Democrats in 2016. But despite an enthusiastic letter to Wasserman Schultz expressing interest, Gimenez said the county still needed to analyze the hosting requirements before deciding whether to pursue the convention. Miami-Dade was joined by Miami and Miami Beach in Gimenez’s Feb. 28 letter of interest.

DOUGLAS HANKS

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