The Miami Beach Watersports Center Inc. (“MB Watersports”) is a Florida not-for-profit organization that runs a premier rowing club with over 250 members, most of whom are Miami Beach residents. MB Watersports offers a para-rowing program, which teaches people with disabilities how to row and provides a training facility for competitive para-rowers. This program is seen as an extension of services offered by the Parks and Recreation Department, and grants people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without limits in the sport of rowing.
MB Watersports has been designated as a Paralympic Sport Club by the US Olympic Committee and has already qualified two members to the national para-rowing team. The annual cost to run the program is estimated at $160,000.00 annually.
During the City’s FY 15/16 budget process, a Budget Enhancement Request of $85,000.00 was granted to partially fund the para-rowing program at the Ronald W. Shane Center.
Since then, a grant agreement was executed for the past three years and MB Watersports has purchased adaptive equipment to support the para-rowing program. The $85,000.00 has been included in the Department’s CSL budget annually. MB Watersports has worked with the Parks and Recreation Department on providing proof of purchase and payment, and continues to be reimbursed accordingly.
The FY 18/19 grant agreement was executed on March 15, 2019 (Exhibit A); however, no reimbursements have been given to date. Given the development and popularity of the para-rowing program, the financial needs for equipment are no longer the same as the past years. The program presently needs funding for their para-rowing coach, and additional specialized adaptive equipment as needed. An agreement to fund this program for three (3) years with two (2) additional one (1) year renewal options is being proposed, not to exceed the payment of $85,000.00 annually (Exhibit B). If approved, the current grant agreement would be terminated.
Payments to MB Watersports will take place twice a year ($42,500.00 each payment), as they provide supporting documents for their reimbursement. The terms of the proposed agreement will remain similar to that of the current grant agreement.