Miami Drops Bid to Host Democratic National Convention
Hillary Clinton's coronation party will not be held in Miami. Local leaders have decided to drop their bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, citing lack of time to prepare a competitive package. Though, organizers still have an eye on hosting a party convention in 2020.
Despite an economy that relies on hosting big-time events, Miami has not hosted a political convention since 1972 when the Miami Beach Convention Center played host to both the Democratic and Republican conventions.
Local leaders from Miami, Miami Beach, and the county sought to possibly change that in March when Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami Mayor Tomás P. Regalado, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and tourism bureau head William D. Talbert II sent a letter to DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz signaling that they'd like to hold the convention.
In April it was announced that Miami was in the running with 14 other cities to host the event.
According to the Miami Herald, that bid has now been dropped.
"We continue feeling very strongly that Miami would be the absolute best site for any political convention based on all of the attributes that our community has to offer and we urge you to consider taking steps so that we may organize ourselves with anticipation to potentially pursue the conventions in 2020," wrote organizer Matt Balsera in an email obtained by the paper.
Tampa has hosted the RNC in 2012, and wound up with a bill of $50 million. Like many big events, including Super Bowls, evidence that political conventions provide economic activity that warrant that kind of spending are inconclusive.