Currently, the Tourism and Culture Department (TCD) issues approximately 250 wedding ceremony permits per year for various locations throughout Miami Beach. A few sites seem to be more popular with couples, including the area between 34 and 36 streets and South Pointe.
As a result of the direction given by the Committee, TCD met with Parks and Recreation, Property Management, and Capital Improvement Departments to assist in identifying a list of locations that would be appropriate for a ceremony and an outdoor sculpture.
The staff has identified the following public locations throughout Miami Beach for ceremonies and the proposed outdoor sculpture.
The location identified is on 11 Street and Ocean Drive in South Beach.
This area represents the iconic backdrops that give Miami Beach international recognition.
Maurice Gibb Park
It is located on 18 Street and Purdy Avenue in the Sunset Harbor neighborhood in South Beach.
The palm-shaded waterfront park is slated to break ground in the first half of 2022.
Located between Pine Tree Drive and Prairie Avenue and 23 through 28 Streets in Middle Beach. This 19.5-acre property is slated to break ground in the first half of 2022.
Altos del Mar Park
It is located on AIA and 76 through 77 Street in North Beach.
It is a recently opened two-acre green space located oceanfront.
The estimated cost for creating a structure based on a similar public art structure in the Art in Public Places (AiPP) program is the South Pointe Park Pier Gate by Tobias Rehberger (2014). The total amount was $89,177.00 in production costs.
If the City were to identify funding for the production of an outdoor structure for ceremonies, it must allocate additional funding for the installation and 15% of the production cost for future maintenance and conservation of such structure.
A request for a budget enhancement to produce an outdoor structure would have to be considered prospectively. In addition to identifying a funding resource, the AiPP would have to initiate a call for artist's proposals to design the structure and submit for additional approvals including but not limited to the Historic Preservation Board for recommendation to Commission from the NQLC.
The local event industry has maintained success during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the ongoing desire for oceanfront weddings. This is an opportunity for the City to collaborate with Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority (VCA) and Greater Miami Visitors & Convention Bureau (GMCVB) on ceremony-specific tourism marketing. Currently, the GMCVB has a "Miami Wedding Planning Guide." The staff is currently reviewing the renewal of the GMCVB agreement. It would be pertinent to include a Miami Beach-specific wedding planning guide to the terms of the agreement.