If Miami Beach does not want a mega-convention center, let Genting do it at the old Miami Herald location. It is on the water, all the better for boat shows. There would be plenty of hotels and good public transport, the Arsht Center and AAArena, which could be used for additional display areas. Who knows? Bayside might even get a facelift.
Everyone is going to Midtown now, instead of the Beach for food and entertainment. There’s easy access to I-395 and I-195 and I-95 and it’s closer to airport. And there’s no need to run a light rail to the Beach.
The city of Miami should take this opportunity and run with it. But do it right, make sure it is big enough. Genting wants to build something spectacular, talk to them. Plus, gambling will happen sooner or later. Give them a reason to go ahead now! I am sure they just don’t want to sit on millions of dollars of real estate making nothing.
David Hein, Miami Beach