Newsletter # 77     October 9, 2014

In This Issue
Marine Stadium Awarded Getty Grant
ArtHistory Mural Project
Marine Stadium Inspires
Dade Heritage Trust
Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) is the foremost organization in Miami-Dade County devoted to historic preservation. Formerly, DHT was the parent organization to Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, providing important advocacy and support as an administrative umbrella.
Since 2011, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium became an independent 501(c)(3) not- for-profit organization.For more information on Dade Heritage Trust, click 

Marine Stadium Presentations

The Miami Marine Stadium continues to attract not just local-but national attention. As we progress in fundraising mode, it is important for us to promote awareness.  


Our most recent presentation was at the Princeton University School of Engineering. Assistant Professor of Engineering, Sigrid Adriaenssens, has co-authored a paper on the Marine Stadium. This is the second time we've spoken there-and Hilario Candela has been invited to  speak there in November.


We're always looking to "get the word out". To request a presentation for your group, just reply to this email. 


# of Marine Stadium presentations ....91     


Rare Earth
Miami Marine Stadium

Since May 2009, we have been collecting memories of the Marine Stadium that we plan to publish in a book entitled,  IF SEATS COULD TALK.

The Stadium featured many great rock groups in its prime-one of the best was Rare Earth, which recorded a best selling album there. Click to read the story of Gil Bridges, saxophone player for Rare Earth.

# of Marine Stadium memories collected..........195      

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Discussions with major donors and sponsors continue. In the meantime, we have significant news to report. 

Marine Stadium Awarded Grant From Getty Foundation




Photo Credit: Leslie Harris

Two of the Winners of the Getty Grant:
    The Miami Marine Stadium and the Sydney Opera House                    
We are thrilled that Friends of Miami Marine Stadium has received a grant for $180,000 from the prestigious Getty Foundation to develop an approach to restore the concrete at the Stadium. The grant comes from a new Getty program, "Keeping It Modern" designed to develop approaches for the physical restoration of the Stadium's concrete, including cleaning and making repairs that are structurally sound and aesthetically appropriate. For this first series of grants, the Getty selected ten of the best known modern buildings in the world including-the Sydney Opera House, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, Louis Kahn's Salk Institute, and an apartment building in Paris designed by Le Corbusier.

The grant announcement by the Getty generated wide ranging press, in publications such as The Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post and was featured locally in the  Miami Herald .

We salute Rosa Lowinger, who is an art and architecture conservator, former Board Member of Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, and curator of our Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum, for putting together the research team and proposal for this grant The primary research team will consist of Rosa's Miami-based Rosa Lowinger & Associates, Marjory Lynch, a Florida liscensed concrete engineering expert with 30 years experience, and John Fidler of John Fidler Preservation Technology. John is the former Executive Director of English Heritage which is responsible for maintenance and restoration of all of the Monuments in Great Britain including Hadrian's Wall and Stonehenge. John reported directly to the Queen of England.

Finally, we would like to congratulate architect Hilario Candela, who finally, deservedly, finds himself in the extraordinary company of some of the most famous architects of the 20th century- Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Alvar Aalto and Louis Kahn.

Through this Getty Grant, Hilario's -and Miami's-  Marine Stadium is now firmly recognized as a masterpiece, one of the great modern buildings in the world.       
ART|History2014 Marine Stadium Mural Project
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                                      Artist: Tatiana Suarez

For the last six months, we have continued our partnership with the  ArtHistory Mural Project. Through this effort, we have brought in 23 street artists to paint murals to raise awareness of our mission. These artists also create artwork and produce a print series that raises funds for our efforts. We had the last painting session at the Marine Stadium on September 19-20. 23 Artists-local, national, and international-participated in this project.

A catalogue of one of a kind and limited edition pieces is now ready. For further information, please contact Craig O'Neil at

Attached are recent articles on the ArtHistory Mural Project from Art Nerd NY  and Creen Magazine.The project has generated an extraordinary amount of press for us with more major press in the works. If you didn't see it, check out this story about the Marine Stadium and street art that was aired on the PBS News Hour.

We'd like to thank Craig O'Neil who has originated and spearheaded this valuable project and the Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art for their exhibit of the work. We'll have a pop up gallery in Mid Town during Art Basel and display the artwork there as well.

Marine Stadium Inspires: 
Tom Mooney 

                                          Tom Mooney

In the early stages of our initiative in 2008, we met with Tom Mooney. As a multi-sport athlete, he pointed out that the Marine Stadium could be a magnificent location for all kinds of health and fitness activities, from world-class competitions to everyday activities. He quickly introduced us to some of the important players and organizations in Miami's fitness world. 

Tom's skills don't stop there. He is also the Director of Planning for the City of Miami Beach. In that capacity, both he and former Miami Beach Director of Historic Preservation, William Cary, advised our group in the development of the Virginia Key Master Plan, which was approved by the Miami City Commission in July, 2010. Tom helped us ensure that the Marine Stadium Park was designed to take into account all types of participatory athletic activities.

Finally, in November 2013, we hosted an evening at the Coral Gables Museum entitled "The Future of Miami Marine Stadium". Tom was one of the featured speakers, delivering a detailed and inspiring  presentation.

At this time, we'd also like to recognize the following individuals who have worked with us for a long time:

Wilber Anderson, President, Miami Tri-Events
Monk Terry-Coach, Miami Rowing Club
Jonathan Strauss, CEO, Swim Gym
Kim Bonomo, President, Save our Sisters Dragon Boat Team
Harry and Debby Schelmety, Coaches, Miami Dragon Slayers
Chiara Manton, Former President, South Florida Triathletes

To fully understand how extraordinary the opportunities are for athletics and fitness at Marine Stadium Park, click here .


           The Miami Triathlon is returning to the Marine Stadium 
                                      in December, 2015

Working Towards A Vibrant Virginia Key 
This week, we'll be hosting a class of Graduate Students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Landscape Architecture. The class is doing a series of student projects about Virginia Key. We'll be collaborating with the same group of local organizations that worked our Tourism Cares event on May 30, whereTourism professionals from around the United States helped clean up the Marine Stadium (filling four huge dumpsters of trash!) and planted 11,000 sea oats and 800 trees on Virginia Key.

To see a video of the event, click here

As Guy Forchion, Executive Director of Virginia Key Beach Trust says, "Virginia Key can be Miami's Central Park."

Achieving this extraordinary goal requires the collaborative efforts of many people and organizations. We salute TREEmendous, a not-for-profit organization, which played a significant role the plantings of the trees and sea oats on Virginia Key - and has planted over 25,000 trees in Miami. We salute Penny Lambeth, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium Advisory Board Member and VP of TREEMendous, for putting us together and Gary Hunt for his outstanding effort in the trenches. If you would like to help "green" Miami, this is an organization worthy of your support!

Friends of Miami Marine Stadium 

                                    Drone Over Miami

Photo Credit: Will Gardner