Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber is hosting Democrats aboard a yacht in Lake Michigan tonight, as part of a push to bring the next Democratic National Convention to Miami.
Three cities are competing to host the event, which will be held July 13-16, 2020. Houston and Milwaukee are the other bidders.
Up to 30,000 hotel rooms may be needed, and Gelber has said that docked cruise ships could accommodate some guests.
Hosting could cost the city $70 million, which would need to be raised from donors. Philadelphia, the last host, spent $60 million (mostly paid by donors) and said the economic impact may have been $230 million.
Miami hosted three national party conventions in the past – 1972 for both Democrats and Republicans, and in 1968 for Republicans.
If Miami is selected, American Airlines Arena would likely serve as the convention floor. Other meetings would be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.