Letters to the Editor

Yes to Miami Beach hotel

Last month, the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association board of directors voted unanimously in support of the privately funded Miami Beach Convention Headquarter Hotel, which goes before the city’s voters on March 15. Our organization represents more than 180 local hotels and 300 affiliated hospitality businesses throughout the community, so this issue is clearly important to our membership.

As GMBHA vice chairman, a 25-year hospitality professional and a Miami Beach resident, I’m proud to support the convention hotel, which makes sense to the local hospitality industry for several reasons. First, having a hotel that is directly connected to the center will help attract world-class conventions and events to Miami Beach — and that means more guests for all of our hotels.

The new hotel isn’t costing the Miami Beach taxpayers and will contribute to the local economy and creation of jobs. It will create more than 1,400 new jobs, including 440 permanent hotel jobs.

The local hospitality industry is behind the convention hotel, and I hope that my Miami Beach neighbors will vote in support, too.

Robert Hill, vice chairman, executive board of directors, Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association