|TO: ||Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee Members|
|FROM:||Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager|
|DATE: ||May 22, 2018|
DISCUSSION REGARDING AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 62 OF THE CITY CODE, ENTITLED “HUMAN RELATIONS,” BY CREATING ARTICLE VI THEREOF, TO BE ENTITLED “PROTECTION OF HOTEL AND HOSTEL EMPLOYEES FROM ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT,” TO PROVIDE REGULATIONS REGARDING THE PERSONAL SAFETY OF CERTAIN HOTEL AND HOSTEL EMPLOYEES; PROVIDING FOR ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES; AND PROVIDING FOR REPEALER, SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE
The above-referenced revised and streamlined Ordinance is submitted for consideration by the Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee. This revised Ordinance addresses comments expressed at the April 11, 2018 City Commission meeting, which resulted in this matter being referred back to this Committee.
The new draft Ordinance requires hotel and hostel employers to: a) provide a panic button or notification device to certain hotel or hostel employees (to be effective October 1, 2019); b) place a sign on the inside of each guest room door notifying quests that a panic button/notification device has been provided to such employees; and, c) submit an affidavit with their annual BTR renewal stating that they are in compliance with the above requirements. Civil fines will be imposed for violations of the above requirements.