Miami-Dade County voters approved a plan from Florida International University that would let the school expand onto part of the fairgrounds on 107th Avenue in Miami-Dade County.
With 62 percent of the precincts in Miami-Dade County reporting, the yes vote garnered 65 percent support, while the no vote came in at 35 percent.
“The voters have spoken and they have said ‘Yes’ to FIU,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “We are thankful for the support of Miami-Dade voters, including FIU students, alumni, faculty, staff and the entire FIU family. We also would like to thank the county commission and Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his staff for their hard work and the vision they have shown for the future of FIU and Miami-Dade County.”
The vote allows FIU to expand onto 64 acres in Tamiami Park that are occupied by the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition.
In a statement, the youth fair president and CEO, Robert Hohenstein, congratulated FIU and said "we remain open to a resolution that would provide for the continued long-term success of our community's Youth Fair and our Fair Exposition business and would allow FIU to fulfill its goals."
Under the plan voted through by the county commission earlier this year, the county will have to find another site for the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair. FIU said in a press release that it will work with the county to find a suitable new location for the fair.
FIU said no county money will be used for the expansion work.