Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Stadium and arts projects await mayor


The Miami Herald
Oct. 13, 2004

Should Miami-Dade County invest $100 million in a new major-league baseball stadium? Ante up $275 million in bond money to help build a pair of new waterfront museums? And what about the Performing Arts Center, plagued by delays and overruns -- can the county keep a lid on costs and finish it by 2006?

Call these the $700 million questions. That's how much county tax money might be tied up in three big, complex and controversial civic projects by the time the next mayor of Miami-Dade County takes office -- be it former police Director Carlos Alvarez or two-term Miami-Dade Commissioner Jimmy Morales.

The new mayor will have to grapple not just with the future of Miami's baseball team, but also the fate of long-sought cultural projects with the potential to revitalize downtown, generate new tourism and, if proponents are to be believed, secure the city's place on the short list of great world cities.

Read the entire article here on the Miami Herald website.