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South Florida Leaders Forge Alliance to Advance World Cup 2026 Plans

The collaboration includes four women mayors.

The FIFA World Cup 2026 is expected to draw unprecedented visitors to the region with an enormous economic impact, even by South Florida’s standards. To help organize this global event, the Miami Host Committee is enlisting the support of a historic alliance of local leaders from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, plus state representatives. The World Cup, with seven marches held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, including the bronze final in July 2026, is expected to attract over 600,000 fans to the region and generate a minimum economic impact of $90 million.

The distinguished group that will play a pivotal role in orchestrating the world’s largest sporting event scheduled for the summer of 2026 is led by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. It includes Broward County Mayor Nan Rich, Palm Beach County Mayor Maria Sachs, Monroe County Mayor Holly Merrill Raschein, Miami Gardens Mayor Rodney Harris, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami Beach Mayor Steven Meiner, and State Senator and Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation Chair Ana Maria Rodriguez.

“With so many key functions involved in planning this event, from the variety of accommodations and key venue preparation to coordination of transportation, security, health, and emergency response, as well as managing the arrival experience and diverse events associated with the World Cup, it will be necessary for South Florida to rise to the occasion as a united region to truly showcase how we work together to be the best hosts possible,” Cava says. “I have no doubt that this executive advisory board has the leadership, commitment, and drive to deliver on this global event.”

The joint hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2026 by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico is expected to make it one of the most significant sporting events worldwide. This edition’s expanded format, with 48 teams, will provide more nations with the opportunity to participate. The shared effort between the three host countries bring nations together through the universal language of football and competition. It is expected to garner massive global attention and create a lasting impact on the host nations.

“I am thrilled to join together with a dynamic and distinguished leaders from across South Florida as part of the executive advisory board, fostering unity across Miami-Dade and neighboring counties to make the FIFA World Cup 2026 a monumental success,” Florida State Senator and Delegation Chairwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez says. “This global event is not just an opportunity for South Florida but for all of Florida to shine on the world stage and show once again how our state unites around moments. Together, we will showcase our state’s collective strength and hospitality, leaving an enduring legacy for generations to come.” 

For information about volunteer opportunities and event updates, visit www.MiamiFWC26.com.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.