From Thursday’s print edition:
By ANDRES VIGLUCCI
In a big leap forward for preservationists trying to salvage the historic but dilapidated Miami Marine Stadium, the Miami-Dade Commission has unanimously agreed to provide $3 million toward the city-owned facility's restoration.
It's the first chunk of money secured for the renovation, a priority of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, who said the grant will make it easier for the city and preservationists to attract additional funding. The cash-strapped city is unlikely to provide substantial funding directly, Regalado has said.
``This is important because now we can go to other government entities and private donors and use this $3 million as leverage,'' said Regalado Wednesday, a day after the county commission approved the measure by a 12-0 vote.
The county money, which will come out of a voter-approved bond issue, has lots of conditions, however. To collect, the city must present a full plan for the shuttered stadium's rehabilitation and a plan for its use and management. It also must demonstrate that it has sufficient money to finish the renovation.
Regalado said he is confident the city will have the plans done within 18 months, although the county commission gave the city five years.
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