Miami-Dade County Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell was named the new chair of the Miami- Dade Sports Commission, taking over for Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who served as chair from 2006 until January 2013.
As chair, Bell will oversee the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, a public-private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization charged with bringing sports tourism to Miami-Dade County.
“It is a distinct pleasure for me to serve as the new chair of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission,” Bell said. “Our diverse community has become a major player in the field of sports. In this new capacity, it is my intention to aggressively develop strategies to help enhance our standing around the country and on the world stage by helping to establish new sport franchises in Miami-Dade County and bring as many sporting events to South Florida.
“These initiatives will help revitalize our local economy by bringing more sports tourists to our community, prolonging their stay here by visiting our world-class hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions. I look forward to working closely with executive director Jose Sotolongo and all the dedicated staff at the Miami-Dade Sports Commission to achieve these goals.”
Bell was elected to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners representing District 8 on Nov. 2, 2010. Her commission district encompasses a significant portion of southeastern Miami-Dade County, including the municipalities of Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and Homestead, with portions of Kendall and the Redland.