The first South Beach Mango Festival was held on Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.,on Lummus Park, between 11th and 12th Streets.
During the June 6, 2018 City Commission meeting,Commissioner Michael Gongora, requested the South Beach Mango Festival event producers put forward a request for a waiver of the following special event permitting fees:
Application fee: $250.00
Permit fee: $250.00
Vehicle Beach Access Passes: $1,500
Square footage fee: $24,610
Lummus Park user fee: $2,713.25
The total request for fee waivers is $29,323.25.
Pursuant to the new special event funding guidelines set forth in Ordinance 2018-4171, the City Commission referred the item for consideration to the Finance and Citywide Projects Committee ("FCWPC") meeting on June 8, 2018.
At June 8, 2018 FCWPC meeting, the Committee recommended special event fee waivers in the amount of $29,323.25, as requested.
In addition, the committee recommended that the City be a sponsor of the South Beach Mango Festival.
The waiver and sponsorship was approved by the City Commission on June 12, 2018.
For the 2019 South Beach Mango Festival, organizers are requesting the following:
- waive special event permit fees ($29,323.25 from 2018)
- City sponsorship of $75,000
On April 4, 2019 the administration reached out to the Mango Festival to gather details of the event in which to base a recommendation.
On April 11, 2019 the administration spoke with the festival producers to review details, but confirmed programming and details were not received on how the money would be spent.