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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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July 5, 2010 Update
The City of Miami is having a birthday party July 28.  The Miami Marine Stadium has been selected as one of the charities to benefit from ticket sales for the party. Tickets cost only $25 for an evening filled with music, food, and fun-and all of the ticket price can be designated for Friends of Marine Stadium.

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July 1, 2010 Update
On July 28, there will be a "birthday party" for the CIty of Miami. Friends of Marine Stadium has been selected to be one of the ten charitable beneficiaries for this event. You can support Friends of Marine Stadium by going to the website aaarena.com and buying a ticket (cost $25) for this event-and designating Friends of Marine Stadium as the charity of choice.

The Virginia Key Master Plan-which includes the Marine Stadium, is now scheduled to go to the City of MIami Commission on July 22 for approval. We will provide you with more information on upcoming meetings shortly. The plan has been developed with the cooperation of a student workshop at University of Miami School of Architecture (under the direction of Jorge Hernandez, Co-Founder of Friends of Marine Stadium and Hilario Candela, architect of the Stadium) and a coalition of groups lead by the Urban Environment League.

We recently met with Jack Meyer, the originial engineer of Miami Marirne Stadium. Jack has been very helpful to us and strongly supports efforts to restore the Marine Stadium.  Thanks to superior engineering and workmanship, the Stadium is structurally sound and can be repaired. Jack's remarkable story of the creation of the Marine Stadium can be found on this website under "Articles and Press".

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May 5, 2010 Update.....Cinco De MiMo
Miami Dade County Commission unanimously approves $3 million of funding for the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium. Sunny Isles Offshore Power Boat Challenge on June 10-13 to benefit the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium. The current drafts of the Master Plan for Virginia Key place key priority to the initiatives to restore the Marine Stadium. The Master Plan is currently scheduled to come to the Miami City Commission in July-we will be providing information on this as we receive it.

Photo above is by Jay Koenigsberg

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March 31, 2010 Update
Final call to action for April 6 Commission meeting. Check out attached great photo of the Miami International Triathlon by JJ Palacio.

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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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Miami International Triathlon; Photo by Robert Murphy
March 25, 2010 Update
On April 6, the Miami Dade County Commission will meet to consider a $3 million authorization from the Historic Preservation Fund to be used for the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium. This funding will not be available to us immediately-and there are numerous strings attached-but it is an important start. We urge all Miami Marines to contact the Miami Dade Commission to approve this resolution.

Also, this report contains a discussion on the costs of restoring Miami Marine Stadium as well as two power boat races, the Treasure Coast Hydroplane Regatta and the Sunny Isles Power Boat Challenge, which are hosting charity events to benefit the Friends of Marine Stadium/Dade Heritage Trust.


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March 9, 2010 Update
On March 27, there will be a public planning charrette for Virginia Key, to be held at the Rusty Pelican. The charette is co-sponsored by the University of Miami and Urban Environment League, and will present design concepts for the Virginia Key from the University of Miami Architectural Studio taught by Jorge Hernandez and Hilario Candela.

Over the last month, we've made steady, quiet progress with numerous public presentations and additional press. Friends of Marine Stadium is the chosen beneficiary of the Miami International Triathlon and Treasure Coast Hydroplane Regatta-both the types of events that can return to a restored Marine Stadium.

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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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January 14, 2010 Update
The Friends of Marine Stadium have partnered with Excel Productions to help assure that the Marine Stadium site is designed to accommodate triathlons. The Treasure Coast Inboard Hydroplane Regatta has offered to provide us with the proceeds of the sale of beer at a beer tent at the Regatta on April 24-25. Also, there will be three classes at the University of Miami who will be looking at Virginia Key and the Marine Stadium Basin during the spring semester.

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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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November 20, 2009 Update
Newly elected Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado is a strong supporter of the Marine Stadium. In his swearing in ceremony, he described the Stadium as a priority of his administration.

The Marine Stadium continues to attract terrific press, including an 8 minute segment on Channel 4, local CBS news. You can view it by cutting to the attached link.

Friends of Marine Stadium is also stepping up its community outreach-we have made numerous presentations to local organizations and we seek more engagements.


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October 28, 2009 Update
There are now over 1,000 Miami Marines on our email list!

Discussion of press campaign. A major story put out by the Associated Press has been syndicated by newspapers all over the country. There has also been much local press, including a story on local ABC Channel 10.

Notice of two events; November 4 exhibition and presentation at the University of Miami School of Architecture and November 10 Fundraiser for Dade Heritage Trust. The magazine format "Preservation Today" which focuses on the Marine Stadium, will be unveiled at the fundraiser.

The accompanying image by Miami Marine Chris Richardson is a carved pumpkin-in the shape of the Stadium!


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October 13, 2009 Update
Miami Marine Stadium named to 2010 Watch List of the World Monuments Fund (WMF). WMF is the foremost organization dedicated to the protection of architectural and cultural heritage sites world wide.

Penny Lambeth and Violette Sproul will be initiating a major naional press campaign to capitalize on endorsements of World Monuments Fund and Jimmy Buffett.

On October 8, Miami City Commission decided to postpone a decision on the Virginia Key Master Plan until May, 2009. This will provide additional time to work on the plan. While the Master Plan has been much improved, we are very pleased with this result.

Click the link below to read the full text-and to see a photo of Jimmy Buffett jumiping off the floating stage at the Marine Stadium.


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October 5, 2009 Update
The City Commission will hear the redraft of the Virginia Key Master Plan on October 8. Friends of Marine Stadium are urged to attend the meeting-or if they can't make it, contact the Mayor and Commission to support the Stadium. This update notes that the plan is much improved. We do, however, have some concerns-they are described in this update.

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September 26, 2009 Update
 Jimmy Buffett video endorsing the restoration of Marine Stadium is introduced! Thank you to many people who helped create it. Brief discussion of latest update of the City's draft Virginia Key Master Plan, which includes the Marine Stadium and site.

Cut and paste the following the link below into your browser to see the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28sHaUUQkQI

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September 18, 2009
Notice of Planning Design Workshop for Virginia Key on September 26 sponsored by the Urban Environment League.

Also, a brief discussion of feasibility. Friends of Marine Stadium has now documented 24 experienced promoters and event organizations who are interested holding events at Miami Marine Stadium. Not only does this demonstrate feasibility, but we are now in a position to sit down with groups who might manage the Marine Stadium and show them how they can create a very successful business model.

If you know of a promoter or organization who might be interested in presenting events at the Marine Stadium, please refer them to us. As our survey becomes more comprehensive, our case becomes even more compelling.


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September 3, 2009 Update
Notification of some upcoming meetings: Virginia Key Master Plan coming back to the Planning Advisory Board on September 18 and the City Commission on October 8. The Urban Environment League is planning a public workshop on the Virginia Key Master Plan on September 26.

Also, some new press on the Marine Stadium, an episode of Miami Vice that features the Stadium, and more......




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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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Stadium Takes Important Step Toward Potential Restoration
Engineering Study for Marine Stadium funded.
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