Miami Beach mayor-elect wants $1 billion convention center scrapped

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 4:56pm.

Phillip Levine, the mayor-elect of Miami Beach, is calling for the planned redevelopment of the city's convention center to be scrapped in favor of a significantly smaller (and less expensive) renovation.

A memo was released by Levine's office asking city commissioners to cancel negotiations with the developer of the $1 billion project, South Beach ACE, the Miami Herald reported. He wants the hotel component removed from project plans so the city can use its own money for a renovation. 

The fate of the project is up in the air after November's city elections. Levine has had issues about leasing the land to South Beach ACE.

The memo is being widely criticized by South Beach ACE and Convention Center Advisory Board members.

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