Sony Open tennis tournament organizers have created a steering committee to lead the campaign for a Nov. 6 Miami-Dade ballot measure that would extend the tournament's lease and approve nearly $50 million in upgrades to Key Biscayne's Crandon Park Tennis Center.
The upgrades could only be paid for with tennis center and tournament revenues and private funds. But the organizers' plan could only move forward if a two-thirds majority of voters sign off on the measure -- a tall order for any ballot question. (Read more about the organizers' plans here.)
The steering committee will "educate the public on the measure and galvanize support," according to a press release. The group will be chaired by Adam Barrett, senior vice president of IMG, which runs the tournament.
Other members include retired tennis player (and honorary committee chairwoman) Mary Joe Fernandez; Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, who has written columns for The Miami Herald; Key Biscayne Mayor Frank Caplan; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Phillis Oeters, and William D. Talbert III, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The group has set up a website, www.parkpartnership.com, to solicit campaign contributions, recruit volunteers and push for the amendment. It's paid for by a new political action committee, Committee to Preserve an Ideal Partnership, which has raised $50,000 from IMG.
Read the press release after the jump.