Re Nov. 9 opinion column, Boat Show a bad fit for Virginia Key: It is ironic that Key Biscayne’s Mayor Mayra Peña Lindsay claims to be the watchdog of taxpayer dollars when the Village itself is spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars on lawsuits and public relations aimed at preventing the Miami International Boat Show from holding their annual event at Virginia Key.
As a Key Biscayne resident, I feel that those dollars would be better spent on more important community services. For example, police and sanitation should be enhanced for the safety and cleanliness of our neighborhood.
As a long-time boat show exhibitor, I have seen firsthand the enormously positive impact the show has on participating businesses, many of which rely on the event for their overall success and ability to support employees. Marine-related industries contribute just over 10 percent in economic value to Miami-Dade County, according to the Biscayne Bay Economic Study by Hazen and Sawyer.
Mayor Lindsay’s stance is short-sighted and runs counter to the broader interests of our Miami-Dade community. Key Biscayne should focus on issues within its own jurisdiction and end its efforts to derail the Boat Show, an event with a long history of supporting the marine industry.