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The Tampa Museum of Art

Former Mayor Dick Greco spends millions for the noted architect Rafael Vinoly to design a new Tampa museum on the riverfront. Mayor Pam Iorio then scraps those plans and starts a search for a new site off the riverfront, where the museum is now. First option: the old federal courthouse. Result: scrapped as unworkable. Second option: the “beer can building” and its Cubes. Result: too expensive to retrofit for art. Third option: back on the waterfront in Curtis Hixon Park at a fraction of the cost of the original design. Months of delays for what?


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