As a lifelong resident of Miami-Dade, a business leader and a member of the Florida International University President’s Council, I would like to thank our Miami-Dade commissioners and Mayor Carlos Gimenez for their reaffirming support to provide additional county-owned land for FIU adjacent to its Tamiami Campus and to find a new, suitable location for the youth fair.
As one of our premier institutions of higher learning, FIU plays a vital role in the higher education of students, provides direct and indirect jobs for our residents and hundreds of millions in economic impact to our region. Its expansion to the adjacent existing fairgrounds site makes sense to further build FIU’s and our community’s future.
As a lifelong patron of the youth fair since a child, and now as a parent, I appreciate the fair’s hard work on behalf of our children and the cultural and entertainment value it continues to provide. We have confidence that the county and youth fair officials can find a new location that, no doubt, we will say in years to come is even better than the existing site. I know that the leadership of the fair, FIU and the county will work together to solve site selection and find logistical and relocation timing solutions that will help both of these great institutions to flourish.
Jeffrey Bartel, chairman and managing director, Hamptons Group, Coral Gables