Miami Beach Misses Out on Hosting Miss USA
Miss USA was hosted in Miami Beach for over decade between 1960 and 1971, but America's second most important beauty pageant won't be coming back to this year even after a strong push from the city's tourism and cultural development. Looks like we'll have to make do with all the non-competing young woman in tight-fighting, sparkly dresses we naturally attract.
The city and local business leaders made a strong push to bring back Miss USA to one of its most frequent homes. Besides the stretch in the '60s, Miami Beach also hosted the pageant in 1997, and the City of Miami hosted in 1986. The pageant had been hosted in Las Vegas since 2008.
Though the pageants organizers apparently asked locals to cough up $3 million in planning costs, according to CBS Miami. That was eventually negotiated down to $1 million, but a deal was never reached as time was running out. Instead the pageant will return to Las Vegas once again in 2012.
However, the pageant could come back to its original home in the future.
"They want to come to Miami. We just have to get a few more things in line," Lacey Abbott, director of ACT Productions, a player in the negotiations told The Miami Herald. "I think everybody wants them to come here."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.