Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend Air and Sea Show and Concert in Jeopardy

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend Air and Sea Show and Concert in Jeopardy:

City manager says no plans have been submitted for major events

The Air and Sea Show and concert planned for Miami Beach this Memorial Day Weekend appear to be in jeopardy. Last year was the first year the Air and Sea Show known as "A Salute to America’s Heroes" was held here. Organizers had planned a return along with an expansion to include a concert.
Now it appears plans may have fallen through as the show’s organizers have not met any of the deadlines for submitting their event plans.  
In a Letter to Commission, City Manager Jimmy Morales said preliminary event plans were due January 29 with final event plans due March 26 for the Air and Sea Show.
“The Annual Show is set to commence load-in this year on May 21,” Morales wrote followed by a sentence in bold-faced type. “As of yet, none of the special event required documents have been submitted to the City.”
As for the concert, Morales wrote the City agreed to a reimbursement of $250,000 for the production of a Memorial Day concert “with all talent and concert-related elements subject to approval by the City … the Event producer is required to submit all final concert elements (including site plans, staffing, and signed contracts with artists and vendors) by April 2, 2018 and no later than April 6, 2018.” Morales said the City had not received any of the required documents for the Concert nor any signed agreements with artists or vendors.
Under the City’s agreement with the event producers, the City Manager may decline to authorize the concert no later than this Friday, April 13th.

For the Air and Sea Show, the City had committed $350,000 to subsidize this year's show and further waive permit fees of $154,000 as well as fees for displacement of the Boucher Brothers concessions. City spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said no City funds have been expended as yet.

The website for the Show and concert doesn't indicate anything amiss. It says "The Greatest Show Above the Earth" is set for May 26-27. The concert, dubbed Music Explosion, reportedly will feature Shaggy, MAX, Kent Jones, USAF Honor Guard Drill Team and "more" and will be hosted by DJ Irie, one of the members of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Memorial Day Weekend. The panel was set up to embrace and enhance the Memorial Day Weekend experience on the Beach.

There is a list of sponsors on the site including Hyundai. A countdown clock is running... today with 46 days. And still no plans submitted to the City.

RE:MiamiBeach attempted to reach out to the organizers with no response at the time of publication. Commissioners will discuss several items related to Memorial Day Weekend programming at their meeting tomorrow.

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