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Phase 1 Of Miami Marine Stadium Report Completed

Miami Marine Stadium

Miami Marine Stadium

Phase 1 of a 4 part report of the Miami Marine Stadium conducted by R.J. Heisenbottle Architects stated that the stadium is intact and can be restored to its former glory. 

The abandoned stadium, which has been closed since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 could be used for over 50 events including power boat races, sailing regattas, hydroplane races, art festivals, concerts, TV shows, and aquatic shows choreographed with music and lights.

The probable cost of construction is $40,323,361, which is within the $45 million special obligation bonds.

Miami International Boat Show Prepping For Event At Miami Marine Stadium

Miami International Boat Show with the Miami Skyline in the Distance

Miami International Boat Show with the Miami Skyline in the Distance

The Miami International Boat Show is prepping for its event at the Miami Marine Stadium for February 16-20. The tents are completely set up and the docks for the yachts in the basin are nearly done. Once again, no events will be held inside the actual abandoned Miami Marine Stadium.

After getting approval to have the Boat Show at the Marine Stadium in 2015 for 2016 and 2017, this may be the last year at this location as $45 million in special obligation bonds were approved by Miami City Commissioners to restore the stadium. Preservation architect Richard Heisenbottle was chosen to design the renovation of the Stadium.

Photos from the set up in 2016 can be viewed here.

Miami Marine Stadium Gets $45M For Renovation

Miami Marine Stadium

On Thursday, November 17th, Miami City Commissioners voted to borrow $45 million to restore the Miami Marine Stadium using special obligation bonds, according to The Miami Herald. The $45 million will include restoration of the Stadium, plus building a 35,000 square foot maritime center.

City officials are still negotiating a contract with architect Richard Heisenbottle to design the renovation of the stadium. 

The Miami Marine Stadium has been abandoned since 1992 after Hurricane Andrew when the City of Miami deemed the stadium to be unsafe. The stadium was used for boat races and for concerts on a floating barge. Since that time, the Miami Marine Stadium has sat empty for over 20 years and has been a haven for graffiti artists. 

The International Miami Boat Show used the Stadium grounds and basin this year and will set up again soon for the 2017 show.

Miami Preservation Architect To Design Miami Marine Stadium Renovation

The Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

The Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

Preservation architect Richard Heisenbottle has been chosen by Miami city officials to design the renovation of the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium, according to The Miami Herald.

Heisenbottle and his team have restored Miami City Hall and the Olympia Theater. 

Part of the renovation design will include structural repairs with lighting, sound and seating repairs. The original architect, Hilario Candela will be a special consultant on the project. 

The city has not developed financing or operating plans for the $37 million renovation. 

The Miami International Boat Show recently used the grounds and basin of the stadium for their event in February. After the show was completed the grounds were supposed to be used as a "flex park", but that has not happened. The grounds of the stadium have been paved over and is currently empty. 

Below are recent photos of the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium.

Miami at Night Book Now Available!

Miami at Night is Available for Purchase 

The book Miami at Night is now available for purchase. Miami is one of the United States’ most fascinating cities. While the rest of the country endures snowstorms and cold weather, Miami is always hot and sexy. By day, the sun, sea, and Art Deco architecture highlight Miami’s unique history and heritage. However, it is truly at night when the city comes alive. Miami at Night is a cityscape photography book featuring over 70 photos, including over 40 large panoramic photos the capture the essence of the energy that pulsates through nocturnal Miami. The book tells a unique visual story of the city (Brickell, Brickell Key, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Downtown Miami, and Miami Beach) through photography at angles and vantage points that are rarely seen by the average Miamian or tourist.

Miami at Night is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Schiffer Publishing or Golden Dusk Photography.

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