Written by Miami Today on January 10, 2013
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MUSEUM FUNDING AWAITS: The final influx of cash for the new Miami Museum of Science set to rise on Biscayne Boulevard downtown is on the agenda for the City of Miami commission meeting today (1/10). The final $548,375, if approved, would bring city funding for the $272.8 million museum project to $2.7 million. Miami-Dade County ticketed $150 million for the museum and is now planning to issue $675 million in bonds for a variety of projects that is likely to include the museum. The 250,000-square-foot Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is to use about 4 acres of the 28-acre park, rising beside the Miami Art Museum’s new building there.
JUST THE TICKET: A county commission committee on Monday is to vote on divvying up the free tickets Miami-Dade County government receives for sporting and other events. The commission would follow a policy new last year in receiving a $102,000 cash payment from the 2013 Sony Open tennis tournament instead of tickets, dividing the money equally among commissioners and allowing each to choose park and recreation programs to which the funds would ultimately go. For Miami Marlins tickets, the commission also would follow last year’s policy of dividing the county’s total 664 luxury suite tickets for 41 home games among commissioners to distribute via lottery to charitable organizations that commissioners individually select. All other tickets coming to the county — including for Santa’s Enchanted Forest, the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Miami Dade County Fair & Expo — would be divided equally among the 13 commissioners and the mayor. The committee’s action would go to the full county commission for final approval.
TOWER THEATER REMODELING: The Tower Theater in Little Havana, operated for the past decade by Miami Dade College as a multi-screen movie theater, is to be considered by the Miami City Commission today (1/10) for a $650,000 grant from federal funds for revamping and improvements. The theater at 1508 SW Eighth St., known for its 40-foot steel tower, opened in December 1926 as a first-run movie house that was operated by the Wometco chain both before and after its 1931 remodeling in the Art Deco style. The theater closed in 1984 until it was remodeled again under city ownership in 2002 and turned over to the college under a management agreement.