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Miami Beach Convention Center pares down on space

For next three years, facility will reduce events to accommodate construction
May 07, 2014 05:15PM

Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Beach Convention Center

As the Miami Beach Convention Center prepares for construction and upgrades over the next three years, the property’s managers are planning to ration convention space.

At a Miami Beach Convention Center Advisory Board meeting Tuesday, Max Sklar, the city director of tourism, culture and economic development, said that bringing fewer conventions to the center while it is under construction will speed up the process.

“One of the reasons [the city commission] is pushing this is that this could impact design criteria. The clients need to know how it’s going to proceed so they can proceed in the future,” Sklar said.

The center is now working to approving a prioritized list of conventions. But already some organizations are saying that they won’t be able to fit into smaller spaces.

“We already had some that said, ‘no we can’t,’” Robert Balsam, convention center general manager, said. [Miami Today]Christopher Cameron