An Exceptional Track Record Of Success
Floridian Partners was built on the premise of providing clients with comprehensive representation across a broad spectrum of public policy issues. Our senior professionals have significant experience successfully representing clients before decision makers within the government space and have excellent working relationships throughout all branches of state and the federal government.
Ultra Music Festival
Ultra Music Festival is the largest electronic music festival in the world, over 165,000 attendees from around the world to to the flagship 3-day festival in downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park each year. In 2014, Floridian Partners was hired by Ultra to fight off an effort by Miami’s Mayor and other elected officials to terminate Ultra’s event agreement and remove them from the Bayfront Park location. Floridian deployed a media relations strategy emphasizing the economic benefits to downtown Miami hotels and businesses and the tremendous worldwide exposure to the City of Miami from the event. Floridian coordinated a downtown merchants campaign in support of the Ultra and led a strategic effort to both legally and procedurally block the termination of Ultra’s agreement with Bayfront Park.
Over the course of the last three years, Floridian Partners has represented Ansaldo Breda, an Italian railcar manufacturer, in their efforts to secure a $313 million contract to replace the Miami-Dade’s Metrorail railcars. Our engagement with Ansaldo Breda began when the company first submitted their proposal in 2010 and continued through the selection process and bid protest period and culminated with the award of contract. Though there were several bid protests, and over a half-dozen votes before the County Commission, the contract was ultimately awarded to Ansaldo Breda by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners in November of 2012. Floridian led the entire governmental relations effort and advised Ansaldo Breda on all legal and contract matters
Our firm guided BurgerFi, a national chain of gourmet hamburger restaurants, through the process of obtaining several restaurant licenses and liquor licenses. We were also responsible for completing the Plan Review and licensing process for the first several locations that BurgerFi established in Florida.
Floridian Partners serves as the lead lobbying firm for John Deere and was successful during the 2011 legislative session in assisting in the passage of Senate Bill 142 which will ensure that Florida’s juries have the ability to hear all relevant facts in products liability cases. During the 2012 legislative session, Floridian Partners was also successful in passing a titling exemption for farm equipment and an exemption for dealers of industrial equipment from having to register as repossession agents in Florida.
Floridian Partners serves as the lead lobbying firm for Harley-Davidson and, during the 2012 session, successfully led an effort to pass legislation that clarified how license plates can be mounted on certain motorcycles. This clarification resulted in the savings of millions of dollars for Harley-Davidson.
Florida Insurance Council
For the past 15 years, Floridian Partners has served as the lead lobbying firm for the property and casualty section of the Florida Insurance Council (FIC), the largest insurance trade association in the state. During the 2011 legislative session, our firm had the opportunity to help create, draft and pass Senate Bill 408 – Property Insurance Reform. The legislation provided much needed reform to the property insurance market in order to increase competition and predictability in the marketplace. SB 408 was considered to be one of the most comprehensive insurance packages ever passed in the state. Prior to the 2012 session, our firm worked with Governor Rick Scott and CFO Jeff Atwater to elevate reform of Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance crisis to be a top priority for legislative action. For the first time in many years, the legislature passed significant PIP reform which was signed into law.
Floridian Partners has served as the lead lobbying firm for the Florida Cable and Telecommunications Association (FCTA), which represents all the major cable companies that operate in Florida, for the past 12 years. The 2007 legislative session was a pivotal year for the telecommunications industry. In our capacity as the lead firm for the cable industry, the firm crafted legislation, developed and implemented a strategic plan that resulted in a legislative package that transformed the way cable companies operate in the state. In 2012, our firm led the efforts to reform Florida’s Communications Services Tax, working with the Department of Revenue and in coalition with the telecommunications companies. This legislation allows communications providers to bundle taxable and nontaxable goods and services while only paying taxes on the taxable portion as allocated in the provider’s books and records.
Floridian Partners led the Dolphins effort with Miami-Dade County to secure partial public financing for the $400 million modernization of Sun Life Stadium. In addition to efforts at the State level to secure sales tax rebates for the Stadium modernization effort, Floridian led the negotiation effort on behalf of Dolphins Ownership to secure a first-of- its- kind Performance-Based Marquee Event Grant Agreement with Miami-Dade County to provide public funding for the modernization project. The agreement provides cash payments to the Dolphins over a 25-year period for securing Marquee Events, such as Super Bowls, College Football Championship games, College Football Semi-Final games and world class Soccer Events at Sun Life Stadium. Over time this reimbursement financing provides a significant revenue stream to assist in annual debt financing payments for the modernization of the Stadium. Floridian represents the Dolphins on all matters before Miami-Dade County.
Flagstone Group – Island Gardens Project
Over the past 15 years, Floridian Partners has represented the Flagstone Group in the development of the Island Gardens Project. One of the most ambitious development projects in Miami, the project tops out at almost $1 billion and encompasses a 5 Star Luxury Hotel, Shopping, Waterfront Dining and North America’s first deep-water super-yacht marina for the world’s most luxurious boats. Floridian has guided Flagstone through the initial RFP process, a successful public referendum approved by voters of the City of Miami, and contract renegotiate with the City following the economic downturn in 2008, over two dozen Miami City Commission votes, and a 3 approvals from the Florida Governor and Cabinet, as well as all environmental permitting with the South Florida Water Management District, Army Corps of Engineers and Miami-Dade’s Department of Environmental Resources Management. In addition, Floridian has served as the lead spokesperson for the project since 2008.