Singer Gloria Estefan has stepped up the campaign to resurrect one of South Florida’s architectural gems, the Miami Marine Stadium.
Estefan, currently on tour, has agreed to be the public face of a new national campaign to raise the stadium’s profile and help activists raise the millions of dollars needed to renovate the historic, city-owned structure, closed since suffering severe damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The building was designed by a young, newly arrived Cuban exile, Hilario Candela, who went on to become one of Miami’s leading architects. Candela collaborated with engineer Jack Meyer.
The campaign will be coordinated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has designated the stadium as one of 34 National Treasures in need of saving.
A nonprofit group, Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium, is awaiting a vote by the city commission on a plan it developed for the facility’s resuscitation.