Saturday, April 19 2008 3:37 PM EDT2008-04-19 19:37:06 GMT
MIAMI MARINE STADIUM: Once home to Unlimited Hydroplane racing
It is a place with a storied history, an engineering marvel, and the only one of its kind in the world. But today, the Miami Marine Stadium lies in ruins. Vandalized and full of graffiti. Can it be saved?More >>
It is a place with a storied history, an engineering marvel, and the only one of its kind in the world. But today, the Miami Marine Stadium lies in ruins. Vandalized and full of graffiti. Can it be saved?
It's been the site of hydroplane races, regattas, and concerts but has fallen on hard times and disrepair. But the movement to restore and re-open Miami Marine Stadium got a big boost when Jimmy Buffett has joined the cause to restore the Marine Stadium.
While the Stadium featured lots of great events during its 28 years, Jimmy Buffett's legendary concerts remain the gold standard for many. Over and over again, people have told us how magical they were-and how much they wanted to go back. We are, of course, thrilled to get Jimmy's support.
Note from the Organizers...
Like everything we do, this one was a team effort. A big thank you to James Quinlan who helped us make the connection with Jimmy Buffett. James and his wife Laura operate the Rhythm Foundation, one of the most respected independent promoters in South Florida. From the beginning, they have been a great source of support, contacts and information for us. The Rhythm Foundation will be an important part of the programming at the "new" Miami Marine Stadium.
We'd also like to thank Carlos and Brigid Prio of Field Dominance for shooting and editing this video. We are thrilled with the result, and we appreciate that Carlos and Brigid went the extra mile, beautifully integrating both current and historic footage.
The dynamic duo of Violette Sproul (who coordinated the shoot) and Lizzie Easton have been constants in our efforts. And also a big thank you to Arva Moore Parks, Miami's Historian who has been quietly and effectively working in the background, along with Senator Bob Graham.
Virginia Key Master Plan
The City of Miami has just released its latest draft of the Master Plan for Virginia Key, which includes the site of the Marine Stadium.
The Virginia Key Master Plan will be presented at the Waterfront Advisory Board on Monday, October 5 at 6:30 PM, Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove. We'll keep you posted on subsequent meetings.