Sunday, July 31, 2016

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine corrects some shoddy, irresponsible reporting by the Miami Herald

via Mayor Philip Levine's Facebook page

Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine took to Facebook on Saturday to "correct" some sloppy and irresponsible reporting contained in a recent Miami Herald story.

Miami Herald, July 29, 2016 — Miami Beach Convention Center redo one month behind schedule — "The $600 million renovation and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center is behind schedule.

"According to a memo from City Manager Jimmy Morales, contractor Clark Construction has run into snags with planning, permitting and design modifications that have put the large-scale project 45 days behind the original schedule.

"The project has two significant benchmarks to meet during the next few years of construction — to have all four halls available for Art Basel this December and next.

"The city maintains that the delays won’t impact Art Basel because Clark is developing a plan to catch up and shift some work to early 2017.

“The contractor had run across a couple of delays, but the way we’re mitigating it is some of the work is actually going to happen in 2017,” said Maria Hernandez, Miami Beach’s project director for the convention center district. “There will be four halls available. The show will go on.”


Mayor Levine corrects the record: "Contrary to recent reports in the media, The City of Miami Beach and Clark Construction Company would like to ensure you that Art Basel Miami Beach will take place as scheduled.

"There have been some misunderstandings and questions pertaining to the construction schedules for the Miami Beach Convention Center due to a recent article published by the Miami Herald.
"As with many major construction projects, there have been some minor setbacks in certain aspects of the construction which have caused delays of approximately 45 days. This, however, will not affect any of the upcoming events, including Art Basel." — Miami Beach Convention Center Scheduling Update

Thank you, Mayor Levine, for clearing that up.

h/t: Nick Nehamas

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