One of the places listed on our 2009 11 Most Endangered List, the Miami Marine Stadium, is getting a boost from a big name -- Florida music icon Jimmy Buffett, who has recorded a public service announcement in support of saving the similarly-iconic modernist site. A recent Miami Herald article shared the story:
Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett has publicly endorsed preservationists' efforts to restore and reopen the city-owned Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key, the site of many a Parrothead's fondest -- if also foggy -- memories.
It's a symbol of everything that's great about Florida -- boats, music, water and great Florida fun,'' a smiling Buffett says as a live version of Margaritaville from the stadium show plays in the background. "The stadium deserves a future.''
Given the enthusiasm of the Parrotheads I know for all things Buffett, this seems almost guaranteed to bring a great deal of new support to the site -- which, we hope, will inspire Miami officials to make the right choice and save the stadium.
Outside of Margaritaville, pressure to save Miami Marine Stadium is also growing: Today, the World Monuments Fund added Miami Marine Stadium to its 2010 Watch List. The press release announcing the list notes "this year’s Watch reflects a growing understanding that heritage cannot be preserved in isolation, but rather must be addressed as part of a broad physical and social context."
I have a feeling that "social context" is just what Jimmy Buffett might have in mind.
Sarah Heffern is the content manager and blog editor for PreservationNation.org.