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Miami-Dade mayor on Beach convention center: 'Let's just get it done'

@PatriciaMazzei

Carlos Gimenez has long cited renovating the Miami Beach Convention Center as one of his priorities as Miami-Dade County mayor -- even though the heavy lifting falls to the city.

He said Thursday his position has not changed, despite a new city administration scuttling the latest $1 billion renovation plans this week.

"It's a priority, and I'm going to have lunch with Mayor [Philip] Levine and the manager, and find out what their process is," Gimenez said. "I read some of the things that they said, that they can actually speed up the process."

Levine has said starting over on the project in smaller chunks (one for the convention center and one for a nearby hotel) could get the remodeling completed more quickly.

"We need a revamped, renovated, first-class convention center," Gimenez added. "And it does affect our economy. It does affect our tourism ... So I want to speak to them and see what their path is going to be, and do everything that I can and give as much county support to getting that project done."

Gimenez said he is not worried -- yet -- that continued delays to the renovation could bring fewer conventions and, as a result, fewer convention development taxes coveted by local government.

"It could be affecting development taxes in the future, because as these conventions are booked a year or two out, I already know that at least one or two conventions haven't come because of the antiquated state of the convention center," he said. "And so it's very important for us to really renovate that convention center. And I think the mayor understands that. He just wasn't in favor of that particular process.

"Let's just get it done and hopefully have some kind of a hotel component, either with it or somewhere close by."

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ed jenkins

The citizens greatly disapprove of their money being used to subsidize the profit of others including hotels, restaurants and other entertainment businesses that benefit from conventions. If these additional profits are meaningful enough to these business then they should get together to fund this project themselves or if this truly is a profitable venture then private capital will fund this project. The purpose of our government is not to subsidize other people's profits but it is to provide necessary city and county roads, law enforcement and settle disputes among the citizens.

Pablo

The citizens of Miami-Dade applaud the efforts of Mayor Gimenez to get this project on the fast track. The politicians and their favorite lobbyists have played political football on this project for far too long. The convention center has not been upgraded in decades while other cities have vastly upgraded their conventions facilities and taken a lot of business from Miami Beach. Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans have all passed Miami Beach by. There are many conventions that won't even consider Miami Beach because of the antiquated facilities. For an economy largely based on tourism, this is a tragedy. A lot of local tax revenue is generated from the convention business.

D

Look everyone that immature prick pablo is home from school and back in his mom's basement to mock other people's posts again. Only thing else he can add is the karl marx nonsense they taught him in whatever foreign country he is from.

D

Sadly after ten years of dermer, bower,Gonzalez, and Blumberg et al accomplishing nada Philip Levine, Jonah wolfson, the fontainbleau n Morales will now delay until levines partner Scott robins n his faux construction co can muscle in as the pseudo contractor for an inadequate overpriced convention center. More of the same beach bs n corruption

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