First we have the Miami Art Museum, which was a failing museum on Flagler Street next to the library and HistoryMiami, so the powers that be moved them to a perfect prime perch right on the bay in Bicentennial Park and named it after one of their benefactors, Jorge Perez. Now we have the Perez Art Museum. Truth be told, from all the reviews I've read they say that the art is nothing special there and that could be the cause for small crowds in the former location and possibly the new space, as well. But city land, parkland at that, was taken away to put in the Perez Museum hoping to make it a world-class museum, when maybe all it really needed in it's former location was a new marketing company to get people in.
Now we have the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, formerly the Miami Science Museum, right here in Coconut Grove. The museum played with the name a bit over the years and changed the order of wording and even at one time called themselves MiaSci, but apparently they found large benefactors and their names have been slapped on the building. That museum is moving from it's Vizcaya neighborhood location to more parkland downtown.
I have a friend who won't step foot inside the Perez Museum, and now I am guessing he won't go to the Science Museum either. He doesn't have anything personally against Perez, although he is not a fan, but he feels that the board of directors of the museum did the wrong thing.
Steve Ross, owner of the Dolphins, has been throwing fits over getting funding for Joe Robbie Stadium renovations, or whatever it's called now. Voters refuse to pay for this so maybe he can find a benefactor and call the stadium after them. Joe Smith Stadium, Jose Lopez Arena, Muhammad Jones Stadium, etc.
I think they should be careful about naming rights on buildings. They have tried this with streets over the years and then sheepishly have had to undo it after the person who the street was named after did something unworthy, illegal or just downright notorious. The same could happen with these buildings.
I still call the county Dade, I can't bring myself to call it Miami-Dade, although I have in stories here. And I still call the lit up building downtown the CenTrust Tower. So what's in a name? I'll just call the other places "The Art Museum," "The Science Museum," and "Joe Robbie Stadium." it's easier that way and less pretentious.
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