Vizcaya privatization plan draws foes, enters mayoral debate

Source: Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, May 22, 2015

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s plan to privatize Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is drawing opposition from two rivals, announced challenger Raquel Regalado and potential candidate Xavier Suarez, the county commissioner whose district includes the historic site.
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Vizcaya Museum would be privatized under Miami-Dade plan
Source: Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, May 14, 2015

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens would leave Miami-Dade’s bureaucracy under a plan to privatize the tourist attraction, a key part of a reorganization aimed at boosting revenue. The lavish winter home of industrialist James Deering is officially an arm of Miami-Dade County government, with a staff of county employees. Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration wants to transfer operations to a nonprofit, establishing the kind of arrangement already in place for the county-owned Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Pérez Art Museum Miami. …. Miami-Dade is budgeted to provide a $2.5 million subsidy this year for Vizcaya, about a third of its $7.5 million operating budget. County support is bound to continue under a new arrangement. Arsht, PAMM and other cultural facilities rely on county subsidies to balance their budgets. The Gimenez proposal next goes to the county commission, which can approve or reject it. ….. A consultant’s recommendation urges Vizcaya to free itself from government open-records laws and the requirement that board members submit financial-disclosure forms. ….