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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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Events and Related News

We began our efforts in the winter of 2008 and things have moved very rapidly since then. The group does not "meet" like a formal organization-but many of us are involved in a wide range of activities to revitalize the Stadium. You can track the progress by reading the email updates.
July, 2014 Update

Gloria and Emilio Estefan announce a $500,000 contribution to Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. June 28 is the debut of the Art History Mural Project at the Stadium; 8 street artiststs from around the world paint murals at the Stadium that will be photographed for limited edition prints, to be sold as a fundraiser for the Stadium. There is a press conference to document the event. Tourism Cares, a not for profit organization funded by the travel indusry, conducts a volunteer day at the Marine Stadium and Virginia Key. 350 tourism professionals from around the United States clean the Stadium and plant 800 trees and 12,000 sea oats at North Point on Virginia Key.


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May 26, 2014 Update

We are making progress on all fronts! At this point, it looks as though the $1 million State Appropriation will not be vetoed by Govenor Scott. The Baynanza Cleanup at the Marine Stadium was very successful. We continue to get additional press. This month, featured on "Marine Stadium Inspires" is artist Nereida Garcia Ferraz.


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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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March, 2014 Update

A smaller version of the Marine Stadium exhibit (which was developed by the Coral Gables Museum) has moved to HistoryMiami.  An exhibition of photographs of the Marine Stadium by Flor Mayoral debuts at TubGallery in Wynwood. The Marine Stadium receives major publicity through articles in a European art web Magazine, Damn, The District, a national web publication of General Motors, and PokerrunsAmerica. For this month, the Marine Stadium Inspires section features Arts Entrepreneur Craig O'Neil, who is creating a program to sell limited edition prints of street art created at the Stadium as a way to raise restoration funds.


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February, 2014 Marine Stadium Update

This newsletter includes a summary of the wonderful Gloria Estefan/Jimmy Buffett event for the Marine Stadium held at the Coral Gables Museum on January 9, 2014. The event generated significant press-over 1 billion media impressions in Florida, USA, Latin America and the Carribean. The Marine Stadium has generated a significant amount of press over the last several months including an article in a German Art Magazine. The Stadium has also inspired efforts such as a poem and a photography exhibit. The update includes a look at the Tourism Cares volunteer project scheduled for May, 2014.


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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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November, 2013 Update

The American Express Foundation announces an $80,000 grant for an analysis, design and permit study of the seaside pilings of the Marine Stadium. The Coral Gables Museum exhibit continues to host an extensive series of events including panel discussions on "The Future of Miami Marine Stadium" and Boat Racing. The newsletter includes an extensive section about press and projects inspired by the Stadium including a new typeface designed by a student from New World School of the Arts and an exercise video.


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Marine Stadium Programs at the Coral Gables Museum

Sent out October 21, 2013 This update summarizes the very extensive programs related to the Marine Stadium at the Coral Gables Museum.


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October 9, 2013 Update

This is newsletter #67! Introduction to the exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum, which opens October 17. A story about the successful "Never Quit Challenge" a race to benefit charities benefitting veterans and their families which held its first stop at the Miami Marine Stadium. the Warriors were greated by Gloria Estefan and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

 

Finally, a great story by Phil Kunz, who attended the first boat race at the Marine Stadium. A flag that Phil retrieved on one of his visits to the Stadium is  part of the memoribilia in the exhibit.


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September, 2013 Update

Tourism Cares, a not for profit organization funded by the travel industry that seeks to encourage historic preservation, agrees to partner with Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. Tourism Cares will organize a volunteer day on May 30, 2013 where 600 tourism professionals from around the United States will come to Miami to prepare the Stadium for restoration. The organization will also assist with special internship volunteer opportunities.

 

The Marine Stadium Basin will be the first stop of the Never Quit Challenge, a land and sea event designed to raise money for US Veterans and their families.

 

With the approval of the Marine Stadium site plan by the MIami City Commission on July 11, there continues to be a lot of interest and activity.


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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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June, 2013 Update

The Marine Stadium site plan is going to Miami City Commission on July 11 and we need your help! Please email the City Commission and ask them to support the plan. The Coral Gables Museum will host the first ever exhibit about the Marine Stadium this October, 2013. Miami philanthropist Kirk Landon has provided a $50,000 grant, to be matched by others-for the Marine Stadium. The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has gotten on board as a supporter of the Marine Stadium. The Stadium is now an important part of the 2013-2014 Chamber goals. The Gloria Estefan announcement has given us terrific momentum on our effort to restore the Stadium. All told, the announcement was covered by media reaching over 50 million people in the United States, Latin America, and the Carribean.




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May, 2013 Update

Gloria Estefan becomes the "Voice" of Friends of Miami Marine Stadium and will lead the advocacy effort to restore the Stadium. The Antique Boat Museum of Clayton NY-the larghest freshwater maritime museum in the United States-has agreed to try to raise funding for a satellite Museum, to be located in the proposed Maritime Center directly to the West of the Marine Stadium. A recent press event at the Stadium targeted to bloggers generated a substantial amount of press for the Stadium.


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March 26, 2013 Update

We continue to ask Marine Stadium supporters to contact the Miami City Commission to approve the site plan. The Marine Stadium was featured in a terrific ten page cover story in Preservation Magazine, the publication of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The leaders of Miami Dade State Legislative Delegation visited the Marine Stadium and expressed strong support for its restoration.


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March 1, 2013 Update

The Marine Stadium Item on the City Commission Agenda was deferred to March 14. We thank all of the supporters who wrote the Commission. 


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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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January, 2013 Update

The Marine Stadium Steering Committee unanimously aproves the Master Plan presented by Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. This is a big step forward; the City Manager will now make his recommendation to the Miami City Commission and Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority for an allotment of land for Marine Stadium Park.

 

The Marine Stadium had a terrific Art Basel-there was some great press including a front page story in The Art Newspaper, the most improtant publication in the art world. There were also several important tours of the Stadium for Art Basel VIPs, including the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.

 

Finally, the newsletter contained a terrific Marine Stadium memory, by Johnny Reed, a Champion boat racer who had several death defying crashes.


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November, 2012 Update

We continue to work with the Marine Stadium Steering Committee to develop the site plan for the Marine Stadium. Announcement of exhibit of photographs of the Marine Stadium by Jay Koenigsberg, to be held at the National Hotel to kick off Art Basel. In the newsletter, we feature a terrific Marine Stadium memory by Aaron Underwood, who travelled from Indiannapolis just to visit the Marine Stadium.


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October 9, 2012 Update

Friends of Miami Marine Stadium made a presentation to the Marine Stadium Steering Committee in September which delineated the proposed site plan for the Marine Stadium. We will go back to the Miami City Commission and Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority of the site plan in the fall for approval. We also completed our Economic Impact Analysis by the Washington Economics Group and we are progressing on our capital planning study.


October 9, 2012 Update

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September, 2012 Update

Update includes infromation about Marine Stadium Steering Commitee. Economic Impact Analysis is almost complete and capital planning study in underway. Jack Meyer, engineer of the Marine Stadium, passes away.

 

 

 


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