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File Number: 131610
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File Number: 131610 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-922-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CUBAN EXILE MUSEUM Introduced: 8/13/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/5/2013
Agenda Date: 11/5/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A7
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO UPDATE CONCEPTUAL STUDY ANALYZING DEVELOPMENT OF CUBAN EXILE HISTORY MUSEUM AT PARCEL B OF FEC PROPERTY AND TO EXPAND SUCH STUDY TO INCLUDE OTHER POTENTIAL SITES FOR SUCH PROJECT IN THE SURROUNDING AREA
Indexes: CUBA
  MUSEUM
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/5/2013 11A7 Adopted P

Finance Committee 10/8/2013 2F Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Bovo asked to be listed as a co-sponsor to the foregoing proposed resolution. Commissioner Edmonson explained that she asked Mayor Gimenez to conduct a study to determine whether any alternative land was available for the Cuban History Museum so that Parcel B could remain a green space, based upon community members’ requests. Commissioner Moss commended Commissioner Edmonson for her efforts, noting that various options should be considered. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee members proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution, as presented.

County Attorney 10/7/2013 Referred Finance Committee 10/8/2013

Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee 10/7/2013 2C Withdrawn and reassigned to Finance Committee scheduled for 10/8/2013 P
REPORT: During consideration of changes to the agenda, and pursuant to the Assistant County Attorney’s announcement, the foregoing proposed resolution was withdrawn and reassigned to the Finance Committee scheduled for October 8, 2013.

Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee 8/26/2013 2C Carried over Due to Lack of a Quorum

County Attorney 8/13/2013 Referred Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee 10/7/2013

County Attorney 8/13/2013 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan 8/15/2013

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO UPDATE CONCEPTUAL STUDY ANALYZING DEVELOPMENT OF CUBAN EXILE HISTORY MUSEUM AT PARCEL B OF FEC PROPERTY AND TO EXPAND SUCH STUDY TO INCLUDE OTHER POTENTIAL SITES FOR SUCH PROJECT IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

BODY
WHEREAS, Parcel B of the FEC Property (the ''Parcel B''), approximately 2.76 acres in size, is immediately adjacent to the American Airlines Arena (the ''Arena''); therefore, any development of Parcel B may materially interfere with operation of the Arena; and
WHEREAS, in 2007, the Board directed the County Manager to prepare a conceptual study analyzing development of the Bay of Pigs Museum and Library (''Project'') at Parcel B based upon a preliminary design of the Project prepared by Chisholm Architects; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the terms of the Board’s directive, the conceptual study was to include at a minimum a section addressing the following: the feasibility of underground parking, the provision of public open space, development of a baywalk and options to mitigate any material impact to operation of the Arena arising from development of Parcel B; and
WHEREAS, the conceptual study prepared by the County Manager was presented to the Board at its May 6, 2008 regularly scheduled meeting (the ''2008 Conceptual Study''); and
WHEREAS, Parcel B still remains undeveloped; and
WHEREAS, 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 (the ''Revised Project''), rather than the prior narrower predecessor concept focused primarily on the Bay of Pigs; and
WHEREAS, the City of Hialeah Gardens has since procured an initial $1,000,000.00 grant from the Florida Legislature, and contributed its own land, for the establishment of a similar Bay of Pigs Museum and Library in its jurisdiction; and
WHEREAS, there is no other substantial Cuban exile history museum, other than one focused solely on Cuban art, in Miami-Dade County of a size and scope commensurate with the contributions of this ethnic/immigrant group both to the South Florida area as well as nationally and internationally; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to direct the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to update the 2008 Conceptual Study analyzing development of the Revised Project at Parcel B and to expand such study to include development of the Revised Project at other sites in the surrounding area; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to direct the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to consult with Basketball Properties, Ltd (''BPL''), the operator and manager of the Arena, to determine whether the development of a Cuban Exile History Museum at Parcel B may materially impact the operation of the Arena,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution and are approved.
Section 2. This Board directs the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to update the 2008 Conceptual Study analyzing development of the Revised Project at Parcel B and to expand such study to include development of the Revised Project at other sites in the surrounding area. In addition, this Board directs the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to consult with BPL prior to completion of the updated conceptual study to determine whether the development of a Cuban Exile History Museum at Parcel B may materially impact the operation of the Arena. The County Mayor shall present the conceptual study to this Board within ninety (90) days from the effective date of this resolution.



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