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Miami, Key Biscayne to hold joint meeting in Boat Show dispute

A rendering of the 2016 Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium.
A rendering of the 2016 Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium. Courtesy

Miami commissioners and members of the Key Biscayne Village Council will hold a key joint meeting Tuesday in the hopes of resolving a dispute over plans to host the Miami International Boat Show at the Marine Stadium.

The meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center, 245 NE Fourth St., is part of a required mediation process triggered by a lawsuit Key Biscayne officials filed in February against the city of Miami. The suit, which has been stayed to allow for conflict resolution, challenges the city’s plans to build an $18 million event space and park outside the Marine Stadium and host the boat show’s feature event there in February.

Village officials, who have also sued the boat show’s parent company, contend the city is violating a deed restriction by hosting a commercial event on the site, and that the traffic generated by the show will clog the Rickenbacker Causeway. The city disputes the allegations, and boat show executives say they’ve prepared a comprehensive traffic plan.

If the two sides can’t resolve the dispute Tuesday, they are required to enter into mediation, according to Florida statutes.

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