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Visionary plan for Miami Beach convention center

 

I would like to thank the elected officials and administration of Miami Beach for a process that has been professional, transparent, and has allowed us the opportunity to share our vision with numerous stakeholders over the past 12 months. We have enjoyed presenting our Miami Beach Convention Center Redevelopment plan — design and financials — to every segment of the Miami Beach community. The presentations and meetings have allowed an open discussion where the officials have been engaged, showed immense interest, and have asked many probing questions and suggestions. We have responded by providing information and making adjustments based on their feedback.

Through sharing our plan with the public, we have received tremendous endorsements from taxpayers, professional organizations, and respected professionals in the industry. There are countless reasons why these groups support our plan. Here are just a few:

Our plan would give $81 million more in ground leases to the city and our architectural and design fees are $8.8 million less than the competitors.

Our plan takes 19 months less to construct.

We provide three times more cultural venue space and 23 acres of open green space without unnecessary hills or berms.

Our plan doesn’t use temporary structures allowing events in the convention center to continue uninterrupted.

Our plan has only approximately 25,000 more square feet of new retail space than the competitor’s, even though reports have suggested otherwise.

And, I’m happy to report that our plan will not require any new Miami Beach taxpayer dollars.

Ultimately, our plan is more visionary. It proposes to create a civic heart for the community that is designed as much for residents as it is for visitors.

It is the PortmanCMC team’s desire, during this final month, to continue the open and honest dialogue with all groups in Miami Beach.

Over the past year, I have learned that Miami Beach is a world-class city that deserves a world-class convention center, and it is our goal to deliver that to the elected officials, residents, and convention goers of this city.

Jack Portman, Portman-CMC, Atlanta, Ga.

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