Miami-Dade commissioners upheld their decision to award a lucrative Miami International Airport baggage-wrap contract Tuesday, overriding a pair of vetoes by Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The 11-1 vote marked the first time in Gimenez’s young administration that the board, flexing its collective political muscle, dismissed his executive action.
The coveted concession will go to Safe Wrap, the second-place bidder that last month matched the $9.6 million minimum annual payment offered by the first-place bidder, TrueStar. Commissioners selected Safe Wrap, which initially offered $9.1 million, saying they could not trust TrueStar’s rosy revenue projections from encasing luggage in clingy plastic to prevent theft.
TrueStar is a new corporate venture involving the airport’s current vendor, Sinapsis Trading USA, which last year asked for a reduction to $8.7 million from its $11.1 million payment to the county. The board reluctantly approved the request, but only with the condition that the contract be re-bid.
The concessionaire must pay the county the minimum annual fee or a percentage of monthly gross revenues, whichever is higher. Safe Wrap did not match TrueStar’s offer to provide 65 percent of the revenues, sticking to its 52 percent offer.