The site wanted for the Bay of Pigs museum -- parcel B -- has had a planning session which was well attended by people from the community. The Placemaking Workshop report for Parcel B is 21 pages long and the draft was submitted Dec. 21st, 2004...here is the concluding paragraph:
"There was widespread support among workshop participants of keeping this space well programmed but not overbuilt, with park like features and amenities, such a shade trees, benches and eating paces to picnic or barbecue, and things to do but in a more casual way (pick-up soccer rather than scheduled leagues). There seems to be interest and support for turning parcel B into more of a neighborhood park, with a casual feel, that serves the communities that surround it as well as the private sponsors and Miami Heat clientele. This may or may not be possible given the fact that it may be hard to create a neighborhood park next to a major regional entertainment venue and destination. However, it is clear that the people of Miami want a place that is first and foremost designed for their use — not primarily for museums, or tourists, or as a profit making sports facility, but as one of the ten places that makes Miami great and the downtown worth living in."
So, this site, although neglected by the County, was much in the minds of the citizens, who met in good faith to plan their open space.
I wasn't aware that there is a Cuban History museum in the pipeline. Were you? There was a ground-breaking in June and County Bond money is funding it (press release below). Take note of this County Manager George Burgess. Maybe this is the place to house the Bay of Pigs exhibit? That is certainly part of Cuban History. Do we need to have two exhibit venues and the Freedom Tower? That is a lot of exhibition space. (hit on press release to enlarge)