A Landmark Reborn

If you lived in the Magic City during the freewheeling ’80s, you likely have a soft spot for the Miss Budweiser powerboat that was a perennial favorite to take the trophy at the Miami Marine Stadium’s hydroplane races. After all, the cherry-red floating beer wagon was a major attraction that annually lured thousands to the landmark stadium for a rollicking orgy of hedonism that spawned as many divorces as hookups. But those days have been long gone since the city shut down the architectural gem on Biscayne Bay in 1992 following the trail of destruction left by Hurricane Andrew. Designed by Cuban-American architect Hilario Candela, this 1960s concrete modernist icon was not only the first purpose-built venue for powerboat racing in the United States but also a sentimental favorite among many South Floridians. For proof, simply look back to 2006, when the city announced plans to demolish the stadium and a public outcry led to its designation as a local landmark instead. This Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., the Coconut Grove Gallery (2884 Bird Ave., Coconut Grove) will host Rebirth, an event to benefit Friends of Miami Marine Stadium in the restoration and reopening of the graffiti-sullied relic. The fundraiser features works by Matt Stock showcasing the stadium’s history.
Fri., June 27, 6-9 p.m., 2014
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