On October 31, 2017, the City Commission adopted Resolution No. 2017-30082, approving a Management Agreement with the Sabrina Cohen Foundation (the “Foundation”), for the Foundation to raise the funds and be responsible for all of the expenses related to the City’s design, development, and construction of an Adaptive Recreation Center to be located within a portion of the City’s P72 surface parking lot at 53rd Street and Collins Avenue. The Agreement provides that the City would be the owner of the Center, which would be used for the primary purpose of providing the general public and, specifically persons living with physical and cognitive disabilities with an accessible access point to the beach and related beach programming.
On July 2, 2018, pursuant to the Agreement’s terms, the City Commission adopted Resolution No. 2018-30377 approving the Foundation’s proposed Concept Plan for the Center.
On January 16, 2019, the City Commission approved Amendment No. 1 via Resolution No. 2019-30671 updating certain technical references, consistent with the Concept Plan approved by the City Commission on July 2, 2018 and applicable provisions of the City Code.
On July 31, 2019, the City Commission approved Amendment No. 2 via Resolution No. 2019-30922 extending the fundraising schedule and deadlines in the Agreement by 12 months in order to provide the Foundation with additional time to raise donations for the design and construction of the Adaptive Recreation Center.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Foundation was entitled to an extension to their fundraising schedule and deadline, which is set to expire in September 2021.
The project includes a new 3 story wellness center that will house an adaptive gym, rooftop pool, robotics lab, locker rooms, and storage space for the Beach Days program. Planned services include a resource library, yoga and meditation classes and various therapy forms (water, art, dance, music). The cost of the project is currently estimated at $15 to $20 million to be funded entirely by private donations.
In April 2021, a new beachfront observation deck and park designed to be accessible for people with disabilities was funded for $577,000 in Miami-Dade County general obligation bond. This project is separate from the Adaptive Recreation Center and not included in the management agreement. The City will be meeting with the Foundation to further understand the scope of work for the beachfront observation deck and park to develop the total project budget.
Ocean Terrace Settlement Agreement
A settlement agreement between Ocean Terrace Holding and its related entities (Ocean Terrace) and the City was approved by the City Commission on April 21, 2021. Of the total $3 million contribution to the City, $1 million is earmarked for the 72nd Street Community Complex and $400,000 is needed to cover the legal fees for the settlement agreement, leaving a total of $1.6 million that is uncommitted and available to fund a capital project.
During the June 11, 2021 FERC meeting, the Committee recommended that the City appropriate and match, dollar for dollar, future donations made to the Foundation for the design and construction of the Project, up to an amount not-to-exceed $1.6 million, and provided further that the Foundation be required to raise the funds within a period of time specified by the Mayor and City Commission.