Miami's troubled museums


"It's kind of a comedy of errors, but it's still a very important cause," --- Commissioner Xavier Suarez 

February 24, 2012:

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science broke ground on Friday, February 24th in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park.  The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the museum’s new site overlooking Biscayne Bay.  This marked the continuation of Miami’s rise as one of the world’s most culturally rich cities.  The new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will elevate Miami into this rank while contributing to the city’s emergence as a major international destination for culture and innovation.  The County was sold - it committed $160 million in taxpayer funds to help pay for construction of the $275 million Frost Museum project based on a vision. 

This was the vision ---


Frost planned to supplement the $160 million in county funds with private fundraising.  But their fundraising fell short of their goals and they weren't able to secure a loan for the final piece of construction.  Added to the prior fact was the $25 million loss when the original contractor was fired, the case went to court.

this was the reality - Jan 13, 2016,


According to the New Times report January 14th, 2016 -- $160 million in taxpayer funds to help pay for construction of the $275 million Frost project will be down the drain if the County does not contribute more money.  Mayor Carlos Gimenez feel the museum is simply too important, to let the project fall apart. Commissioner Xavier Suarez told New Times. "This science museum cannot be allowed to fail. Michael Hernandez, the mayor's spokesperson, said in a statement, "The Science Museum is a Miami-Dade County institution. Mayor Gimenez and his administration do not want to watch it fail," 

Why are there such strong feeling about not letting this project fail. 

It's the awesome MARTINI SHARK TANK. 

According to the museum, the tank is now prepared to support over 4 million pounds of sea water and... SHARKS!  There's no question the aquarium is the museum's conversation-starter.  The tank won't be the largest in the world, but it's up there. Literally.  The aquarium will loom above visitors with nothing but 13 inches of laser-cut Italian thermoplastic keeping the swirling sharknado from raining death upon them --- New Times: Michael E. Miller   But only if the county come up with more money. 

BUT WAIT - Feb 10, 2016 

Hold on to those dreams of that Shark Tank - Billionaire benefactors Patricia and Phillip Frost provided a bridge loan to ensure that construction of the science museum in downtown Miami continues as the nonprofit replaced the board that oversaw the funding shortfall.

 We might get the shark tank after all.

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