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Cuban museum at American Airlines Arena?

Written by on October 9, 2013
Cuban museum at American Airlines Arena?

The county’s Finance Committee approved Tuesday a resolution directing Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to update a conceptual study analyzing development of a Cuban Exile History Museum on Parcel B directly behind American Airlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard.

The measure still requires action by the full county commission and is to be discussed Nov. 5.

“I’ve had some of my constituents come to me, since this falls in my district, and in the discussion for the public support regarding Parcel B they want it to remain green space,” said Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, “so what I’m doing is directing the mayor to conduct a study to see if there are any parcels, other parcels, in that particular area.”

Several discussions have been held for many years regarding the Cuban museum concept. The last study, conducted in 2008, was aimed at the possibility of a Bay of Pigs Museum and Library on the vacant Parcel B.

The county owns the arena, the Heat Group controls it and it is under the City of Miami’s zoning regulations. The 2008 conceptual study stated that the property was subject to city zoning ordinances and that the current zoning for the site was for parks, recreation and open space.

The resolution that was discussed at the Finance Committee on Tuesday stated that “in the intervening years since the 2008 conceptual study, many of the project’s original proponents have gradually evolved its scope and content, in a series of substantive, detailed and prolonged discussions with Miami-Dade County and other officials, to a much broader, more inclusive and sustainable Cuban Exile History Museum… rather than the prior narrower predecessor concept focused primarily on the Bay of Pigs.”

Commissioner Dennis Moss agreed with Ms. Edmonson’s idea of looking at other options.

“I’m glad you did that, because if we’re going to do this I think we should look at many different opportunities,” he said, “We have Museum Park, and it seems to me like the more folks and museums you can get into that particular area… it at least needs to be explored.”


13 Responses to Cuban museum at American Airlines Arena?

  1. mario

    October 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm


  2. R Ariki

    October 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Does Miami have that many Museum goers? Check out our local museums for the answer.

    • Marc

      November 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

      That’s because the current museums we have for the most part suck.

  3. DC Copeland

    October 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    This is ridiculous and a great way of alienating Cubans from the rest of us– and there are a lot– who don’t happen to be Cuban. Next thing you know, Haitians, Brazilians, Puerto Ricans, Miccosukees, Guatamalans, Equadoridans, Argentines, Peruvians, Jews, African Americans, and the occasional WASP will be demanding a museum for “their kind.” Save the money on another study and put it into a park where the land is for “all the people.”

  4. Mike

    November 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    This is ridiculous! If you want a museum go to calle 8 or your freedom tower! No wonder they are disliked by every other latinametican nationalities.

    • Aldo

      November 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Nothing like hate of the Cubans to unite some in Miami! bwahahahaha

      “The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.” – Victor Hugo

  5. Marc

    November 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This is ridiculous.

  6. Aldo

    November 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Is actually a good idea, very visible I can only hope they come up with a big design, a lot of great Cuban art is at UM and FIU and the Bacardi House all spread out they could be housed at this museum.

  7. Alex

    November 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    This will be worse than just a waste. Empty, taxpayer-subsidized ethnic exhibition hall, located on an incredibly valuable land. Must be a top contender for the “most ridiculous idea of the year” title.
    Just lease that land to Bayside Marketplace for retail expansion, or tender it to someone new. No brainer.

  8. felix izquierdo

    December 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

    It should be a latin american museum, for all people, not just For a group with the connections or the political clout.

  9. Albert

    December 9, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Wonderful idea! Cubans have done a lot to improve the city and their history is important to preserve. No better place than Miami. Let’s do it!

  10. Albert

    December 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Additionally, located next to the science and art museums, tourists coming to Miami would surely stop at the Cuban History Museum to explore a big part of the city’s heritage. The heritage tourism that would this would help grow is incredible to our economy as well.

  11. DC Copeland

    December 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    “Cubans have done a lot to improve the city and their history.” So have Americans. Remember them? They use to be a bunch of immigrants from Europe and elsewhere who shed their ties to the “homeland” and were proud to become citizens of the U.S. If you begin adding museums for every ethnicity, where will it stop? Bahamians deserve one for clearing mangroves to make Miami Beach what it is today. They were one of the first settlers in Coconut Grove and helped make it what it is today too. Of course, they were all working for white English speaking people at the time. Maybe Miami needs a WASP museum too. Building a Cuban Museum is like opening a Pandora’s Box and a quick way to making us the brunt of stand-up comics and sit-down bloggers the world over.