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 refer their request for a waiver of the following special event permitting fees to the Finance and Citywide Projects Committee ("FCWPC"):
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 was $29,323.25.
At June 8, 2018 FCWCP meeting, the Committee recommended special event fee waivers in the amount of $29,323.25, as requested.
In addition, the FCWPC recommended that the City sponsor of the South Beach Mango Festival.
The waiver and sponsorship were approved by the City Commission on June 12, 2018.
On March 13, 2019, the City Commission referred the request for fee waiver and sponsorship of the 2019 South Beach Mango Festival, to the April FCWPC:
The 2019 Mango Festival was requesting the following:
- to waive the 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 the producers were unable to provide any details about the event including programming, other sponsorships, or any details on how the sponsorship money would be spent. The producers of the Mango Festival asked if they could present their overall plan at the FCWPC meeting.
During the April 19th FCWPC meeting, the producers of the Mango Festival did not have a presentation to show the Committee in regards to sponsorship dollars, so the Committee recommended only the waiver of special event fees, not to exceed $29,323.25, and asked that the administration meet again with festival producers in regards to the $75,000 sponsorship request.
On May 8, 2019, the City Commission accepted the FCWPC recommendation and approved the request for the special event fee waiver in an amount not to exceed $29,323.25.
Following the Commission meeting, the administration reached out to festival producers on the phone to talk about what would be needed in order to review a sponsorship request. Following that phone conversation, the administration set up a time to review the proposal, in person.
On May 7, 2019, Matt Kenny, Tourism and Culture Director emailed the Mango Festival to confirm a meeting date of May 14th, and to remind the producers to bring all proposals and supporting documents with them, regarding their sponsorship request.
On May 14, 2019, the administration met with the Mango Festival, but the producers did not have any proposal or details to provide the administration, on how the sponsorship money would be spent. The producers made the administration aware that they did not have any corporate sponsors, or any vendors tents currently sold.
On May 15, 2019, the administration made the Mango Festival aware that they would be unable to recommend any further sponsorship, due to the lack of information provided by the producer, despite numerous attempts to request it.