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City Resolution Unlocks Funds For Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Museum

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VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK
Depiction of the proposed Virginia Key Beach Park museum. Miami commissioners will vote on June 13 over a resolution to ask the county to release about $20.5 million to start construction on the museum.

After years of standstill, Virginia Key Beach Park took a step toward constructing its proposed civil rights museum.

Miami leaders unanimously passed a resolution Thursday, committing to help the park with the museum’s operational costs post-construction. The resolution prompts the release of funds allotted over 10 years ago from Miami-Dade County totaling about $20.5 million for construction of the museum.

The museum is planned to commemorate the park’s civil rights and environmental history. Opened in 1945 as a “colored only” beach, Virginia Key Beach Park was the only Miami beach, at the time, that permitted people of color.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.