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For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2015
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers
jrivers@miamidade.gov
305-245-4420

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss urges state and federal agencies to provide funding for the restoration of Naval Air Station as the Miami Military Museum


MIAMI, FL – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss recently sponsored a resolution in support of Friends of the Military Museum of South Florida at Naval Air Station Richmond, Inc., and the restoration of NAS Richmond Building No. 25 as the Miami Military Museum. Once the world’s largest blimp base, NAS Richmond was active in response to the Nazi U-boat threat to Allied merchant marines near the Florida Coast during World War II.

Commissioner Moss urges the applicable state and federal agencies to provide funding for the restoration of this historic landmark located near Zoo Miami in South Dade.

“Building No. 25 brings history to life,” Commissioner Moss said.  “Completion of the Miami Military Museum will result in significant historic preservation and public education and complement the Gold Coast Railroad Museum while creating an economic stimulus.”
 
Naval Air Station Richmond continued to be used after World War II as the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters for JM-WAVE, a covert operation against Fidel Castro during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Because of its historical significance, the Miami-Dade Historical Preservation Board in 2010 named Building No. 25, the only remaining 16-story wood frame hanger on NAS Richmond, as a historic landmark. 
 
Friends of the Military Museum of South Florida at NAS Richmond, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation, currently owns Building No. 25.  The total cost of relocation, restoration, and facility preparation is approximately $7 million. To date, $4.5 million has been committed, including $3 million from Miami-Dade County’s Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program and $1.5 million from the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act during the 2013 and 2014 sessions.