The Real Deal Miami

Experts support Convention Center

July 08, 2010 11:15AM

A panel of experts set up by the Urban Land Institute supported the idea
of a convention center in downtown Miami. “It does make sense,” said
attorney Andrew Robins, the panel’s chair. There is significant
opposition, however, from Miami Beach, the site of the aging Miami Beach
Convention Center. “[A downtown center] could distract from the focus
of building and enhancing [the Miami Beach Convention Center] and could
potentially gobble up some of the funding,” said Miami Beach City
Manager Jorge Gonzalez. “It really gives us some reason for concern.”
The five-member panel said the Miami facility would be focused on
different kinds of events, like classroom space and meetings, whereas
Miami Beach emphasizes exhibitions and trade shows. [Miami