After years of negotiations, it is time to agree on the use of the Homestead Air Reserve base for Miami-Dade County aviation, according to Commissioner Dennis Moss.
The commissioners will decide on October 6 whether to approve his resolution instructing Mayor Carlos Giménez to “quickly execute a joint use agreement with the United States to enable a fixed-base operator” at the base.
The directive comes six years into county talks with the Air Force on the development of the south side of the airport at the General Aviation Base.
In December 2015, the commissioners adopted a resolution by Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Mr. Moss directing the administration to negotiate limited civilian use at the air base. The district’s request reached the desk of then-Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson two and a half years later, according to a Miami-Dade Air Force spokesman.
The deadline for the completion of the joint use agreement with the Air Force is “mostly one to three years,” the letter from Mayor Giménez said at the time.
The resolution, which approved the county board last week, will instruct the mayor to complete all prerequisites, specify costs and find funds to establish a general aviation operator at the base, then negotiate and conclude an agreement with the aviation, including any necessary property exchanges.
Mr. Giménez would then have to submit the agreement for approval to the next commission meeting, without prior committee review, which is a departure from the standard county contract protocol.
Within two months or “after determining … that no source of funding is available, that there are legal or other obstacles, or that negotiations are at an impasse”, he should report on the obstacles and the status of the negotiations and recommend further action.
Mr Diaz said he and Mr Moss had worked together ‘for many years [to make] we are sure we have a dual-use airport ”at the air base.