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Marine Stadium Named to World Monuments Fund 2010 Watch List
The Marine Stadium has been named to the World Monuments Fund 2010 Watch List along with other sites such as Macchu Picchu and the Center Cities of Buenos Aires and Old Jerusalem.

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April 16, 2009 Update
Many Miami Marines have told us about the terrific experiences they had at the Marine Stadium. Hannah Imberman and Kira Feldman, two terrific girl scouts, are gathering these "memories " for a book! You can write up your remembrances of the Stadium and submit it to Hannah and Kira at the web address ifseatscouldtalk.gmail.

Your write-up should be no more than one page. And if you have any pictures, send them along. Click on the link below for more details. Attached is a photo of Hannah and Kira


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The Shindig
April 18, 2008 Shindig For the Marine Stadium
Our first public event was a "Shindig" at the Miami Rowing Club to Benefit the Stadium. he event was a joint event with Team Row and was organized by Julio Viyella. Attendees took tours of the Stadium by Chinese Dragon Boat and Hilario Candela, architect of the Stadium made a presentation.

The event was a sell out-and a smashing success!


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April 28, 2009 Update
The National Trust for Historic Preservation names the Marine Stadium to its 2009 list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places.

The Preservation Planning Studio of the University of Miami will make a presentation on planning alternatives for the Marine Stadium Basin and Virginia Key. The event will be at the Miami Rowing Club, Friday, May 8, from 10:00 AM-12:00. The event is free and open to the public. Details included.




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April 4, 2011 Update

The Awards Ceremony for the Floating Stage Competition is announced, and will be held Monday, May 2 at the Rusty Pelican. The Ceremony features a display of all entries in the Floating Stage Design Contest with a cocktail hour, announcement of the winners and semi-finalists, and a keynote presentation by Frank E. Sanchis III, Director of United States Programs for the World Monuments Fund. A three course sit down dinner is also included. Tickets are only $30 and must be purchased by April 25; call Dade Heritage Trust at 305-358-9572.

 

Sigrid Adriaenssens, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, recently visited the Marine Stadium and came away so impressed that she has initiated a project about it. She and an undergraduate student will carry out an engineering analysis of the Marine Stadium, and create a 3D printed scale model with the ultimate goal of publishing an article about the Miami Marine Stadium.

 

The Newsletter also included a "memory" from Champion boat racer Buddy Byers. One time, Buddy was racing and turned the corner to see a water skiing elephant coming directly towards him! We are looking for the photo of the water skiing elephant at the Marine Stadium (in the meantime, this one will do). Buddy's story is part of our ongoing project "IF SEATS COULD TALK", which will be a book featuring stories and memories of the Stadium. We expect to publish it next spring.


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April 6 Miami Dade County Commission-What YOU Can Do
PLEASE email THE MIAMI DADE COUNTY COMMISSION AND ASK THEM TO APPROVE THE $3 MILLION APPROPRIATION for the MIAMI MARINE STADIUM. THE HEARING WILL BE AT THE COUNTY COMMISSION,
111 NW 1st STREET, SUITE 1030 (TIME; TBD: WE WILL EMAIL YOU AN UPDATE OF A TIME CERTAIN)
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April 6, 2009 Update
Summary of Marine Stadium Dance Party/Benefit to be May 7 at the Bayside Hut. Logo contest,  and April issue of Dwell Magazine (feature on Marine Stadium).

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April, 2012 Update

We won! The MIami CIty Commission approved the Memorandum of Understading with Friends of MIami Marine Stadium. We have six months to submit a complete operating plan to the City and two years to provide a complete financing plan for the Marine Stadium.

The event to honor Jack Meyer, Engineer of the Marine Stadium was a big success. Over 160 people attended the sold out event at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. The event featured presentations by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Hilario Candela architect of the Marine Stadium three Presidents of Engineering Societies, the Chair of the Depuartment of Coastal and Civil Engineering at University of Florida (Jack's Alma Mater) and friends from Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.


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April, 2014 Update

For the first time, the Marine Stadium Basin will be part of Baynanza, the Biscayne Bay Cleanup, scheduled for April 26. The Marine Stadium exhibit of photographs by Flor Mayoral was a big success with 29 prints sold; the Marine Stadium exhibition at HistoryMiami continues until May 31. Flashback Miami is a new program started by the Miami Herald to showcase its extensive collection of archival photos. They recently did a spread of photos of the Marine Stadium. A student team from Coral Park High School is in the national finals of the Construction Industry Ace Round Table Design Competition for their proposal for the Marine Stadium. "River Rat" Walter Ferguson is fondly remembered in this months' segment of IF SEATS COULD TALK.


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August 20, 2009 Update
Information on "If Seats Could Talk" Project, the book of Marine Stadium memories that is being compiled by girl scout Hannah Imberman. Hannah and her friend Kira Feldman were interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers and will be featured in CNN Headline News in South Florida.

Also included is a round-up of other activities about the Stadium.


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August 24, 2008 Update
This email communication was sent out to Friends of Marine Stadium just before the August 26 meeting where EDSA presented its Master Plan for Virginia Key.

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August 29, 2008 Update
This very comprehensive update covers the results of our press campaign and our initial due diligence into the subjects of managing, programming, and financing for the Marine Stadium.

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August, 2013 Update

Marne Stadium Site Plan approved on July 11 by Miami City Commission! The approval generated a significant amount of press and new endorsmenets from the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association and Miami Dade State Legislative Delegation. With site plan approval, we can now move on to funrdraising.


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December 26, 2008 Update
Final Reminder of January 10 event; "The Future of Miami Marine Stadium".

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December 5, 2008 Update
Announcement of January 10 Event "The Future of Miami Marine Stadium". Includes details of event, which is to be held at the Miami Rowing Club, next door to the Marine Stadium, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The event is open to the public.

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December 7, 2009 Update
Tony Goldman visits the Marine Stadium-and you can see his visit by going to Marine Stadium Multimedia section of this website. Tony is the developer most responsible for the revival of South Beach. His company. His company, Goldman Properties, has also successfully renovated neighborhoods in Soho, Center City Philadelphia, Boston, and the new Wynwood Arts District. Tony is known as a visionary and his ideas go beyond anything we have considered.

Also, another article on the Marine Stadium in Metropolis Magazine (posted in "Articles and Press").

It's tax time, please consider making a tax deductible contribution to Dade Heritage Trust and become a member of the Friends of Marine Stadium. Our all volunteer organization needs your support to be successful!




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December, 2011 Update

Negotiiations are continuing with the City and they are positive. We hope to be back to the Miami City Commission in the next several months with a proposal to develop the Marine Stadium site.

 

Robert Hammond Co-Founder of Friends of The High Line and Philip Aarons, Founding Chair, will deliver a talk entitled "The High LIne-New York's Park In The Sky: Lessons for Miami Marine Stadium" at U of Miami School of Architecture on Friday evening, February 17. The High Line is a terrific role model for our effort.

 

Friends of Miami Marine Stadium will also honor Jack Meyer, the engineer of the Marine Stadium on February 29 at the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. More details to follow in future emails.

 

The attached photo is of the Circus Maximus, which was used for chariot races. The shape of the Circus Maximus-the elongated oval-was used to design the Marine Stadium Basin, which was dredged out the same time the Stadium was built.


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December, 2013 Update: Marine Stadium 50th Birthday Party: Poses For Art Basel

Description of Marine Stadium 50th Birthday Party!-Clambake Event-and Art Basel Installation by Audemars Piguet.


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February 2, 2009 Update
Summary of our January 15, 2009 event "The Future of Miami Marine Stadium."

This includes brief synopsis of the presentations of 15 promoters and organizations as to how the Marine Stadium can be used.

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February 2, 2010 Update

Results of engineering study announced: Concrete restoration costs estimated to be between $5.5-8.5 million, depending upon how much additional preventive work is done to extend the life of the structure. This compares to a study done for the City of Miami which estimated the cost to be as high as $15 million. The estimates do not include other aspects of renovation (seats, bathrooms, railings, Handicapped accessiblitiy). Also, a follow on study is necessary to determine the condition of the piles.

The study was commissioned by the World Monuments Fund and was done by Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (SGH) a highly respected engineering firm which had actually analyzed the structure in 1993.

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February 25, 2013 Update

The Miami Citiy Commission willl review the site plan for the Marine Stadium and surrounding area at a City Commission meeting on February 28. This plan was approved unanimously by the Miami Mairine Stadium Steering Committee, as appointed by the City Manager. Friends of Miami Marine Stadium urges everyone to contact the City Commission and support this plan.


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