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August 8, 2013

Miami Beach Convention Center Faces More Setbacks

Miami Beach is preparing to work out the finer details of several agreements with South Beach ACE to develop a $1.1 billion convention center. But don't expect the resolution to happen quickly: According to Miami Today, the talks are expected to continue for four to six months. 

Issues on the table include the 800-room hotel, which has 55,000 square feet of meeting space, including ballrooms of 20,000 and 15,000 square feet; and the 40,000 square feet allocated for the hotel's food and beverage service, but planned for an adjacent building near Lincoln Road to encourage guests to walk to that shopping area.

Meanwhile, the public is getting involved with the issues as well: The Miami Herald is reporting that residents have gone to court to determine whether a proposed charter amendment applies to the city’s current plans to redevelop the convention center district.

Late last month, attorneys filed a lawsuit against political committee "Let Miami Beach Decide" that would ask a judge to determine how many Beach voters would be needed to approve leases of public land for the redevelopment plan. The paper notes that leases between the city and South Beach ACE must be approved "by a simple majority." 

The project is expected to go before voters in a November referendum.




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