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The South Florida Roundup

Florida Roundup: Will Miami Beach get a Convention Center Hotel?

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This rendering shows the overhead view of the proposed convention center hotel in Miami Beach. The 800-room hotel would be 288 feet tall.

Voters in Miami Beach are deciding more who may run for the White House.

They also will decide if a new hotel should be built next to a renovated convention center.

The hotel would serve as headquarters for conventions. Supporters say it would bring more dollars to the city but opponents believe it would further overcrowd the city.

Plans for the hotel boast a modern 288-foot tall, 800-room building.

If voters approve the plan on March 15, the land would be leased to Portman Holdings. The developer says it will privately finance the $400 million project.

Read more on MiamiHerald.com.

Hear the full conversation with Bill Talbert, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Daniel Ciraldo, preservation officer at Miami Design Preservation League and Joey Flechas, Miami Herald reporter covering Miami Beach.