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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Why didn't we save this film studio?

It makes little sense to be offering $10 million to help establish a new TV Studio in Miami, when the Dinner Key Expo Center has been a successful and profitable one for over seven years. It is shameful to be demolishing the 107,000 sq. ft. South Hall and 45,000 sq. ft. North Hall that have provided and excellent facility for the success of Burn Notice, Marley and Me, as well as countless other TV and Film productions. 

The City of Miami has benefited with $250K – $500K annual leases, Miami-Dade County (MDC) has received thousands of dollars in permit fees, hundreds of filmmakers have been employed, thousands of companies have increased revenues, hundreds of houses have rented out their homes as locations, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau  has benefited with tens of thousands of positive PR impressions throughout the world. 

Dinner Key Expo Center became a profitable and successful accidental Film Studio. The former Skill Center location that the CRA bought from MDC may be useful as a storage facility, but not a Film Studio. It is near a railroad Line, under an overpass, under a flight path to Miami Intl Airport, has low ceiling and many vertical support columns. It might work as an office for Video Gamers or Animators if it is soundproofed.

Dinner Key Expo Center has been a most valued facility and should remain so. To lose it as a productive and profitable TV and Film Studio, will be a travesty. It would be a wise move for the City of Miami to not demolish both North and South Halls. At lease keep one hall, do an RFP. Get a quality film studio to invest and help keep the film industry here for the benefit of all.

Harry Emilio Gottlieb
Coconut Grove

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Blogger Sledge said...

That expo Center might have generated some money with a few movies, but how much? Compared to the increased Tourism and public spending if you removed that ugly, disgusting building and open up a park with a rare Bayside Water view.

Of course, apparently that will never happen. We seem to be in love with $$$$ and concrete.

September 12, 2013 10:00 AM  
Anonymous mark anthony said...

Sledge...why do you and other folks think there will be " Bayside Water view" if you are standing, after it's gone, where the building stands now? What you will see is exactly what you can see now by standing next to the railing at the dock masters office...boats and barrier islands! Not Biscayne Bay!

September 12, 2013 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Fed Nlanders said...


Forget about trying get that minor detail through to him. In his mind, the expo center is the ONLY thing blocking the water view.

September 13, 2013 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dist 2 commish wants to spend over $10 mil of the taxpayers money on top of $4 mil used to buy and maintain the site AND the proposed film studio is under a busy highway and on soon to be busy railroad tracks.

September 15, 2013 9:26 PM  

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