Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dali gets $2.5 million from city, now seeks match from county

ST. PETERSBURG — Needing money to complete the construction of its new building, the Salvador Dali Museum got a $2.5 million boost from the city Thursday.

By a 7-1 vote, the City Council approved Mayor Bill Foster's plan to give the museum about half of the money it needs to complete a $36 million building along the downtown waterfront. Museum officials have fallen about $5 million short, blaming a bad economy.

The gift is not automatic. Pinellas County officials must approve another $2.5 million, or the city will take back the money. On Wednesday, the Tourist Development Council will vote on whether to match it. Also, the County Commission must allow the city to spend the money, which comes from a special account financed by property taxes that the county oversees. Right now, the city has that money earmarked for downtown pedestrian improvements.

But with the museum struggling to complete its building by a planned grand opening in January, council members said they couldn't ignore the museum's request.

Only Herb Polson voted against the gift.

"I have a problem with taking public dollars already assigned to public infrastructure to be used for a private entity. If we approve this request, we should get an equal concession from the Dali. But we are getting nothing for our money, and I think that is wrong."

Foster quickly rebutted Polson, saying the Dali has contributed greatly to the economic development of the city and will continue to do so.

"This is an organization, long before you or I sat on the council and I became mayor, that committed to this city," Foster said. "They've had hundreds of thousands of people come to our city. We'll get a quid pro quo, absolutely."

Aside from the county matching the city, the gift is also contingent on the museum finishing on time. If the project gets delayed, the city will keep its money.

Museum Director Hank Hine said that the construction is on schedule. He said most of the museum should be complete in November, allowing time for fine tuning before January.

Michael Van Sickler can be reached at mvansickler@sptimes.com.

Dali gets $2.5 million from city, now seeks match from county 08/05/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 10:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Storm routs Cleveland

    Storm

    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  2. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  3. Rowdies shut out Charleston

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  4. 13-year-old Janessa's father holds memorial service at Rogers Middle School

    Crime

    RIVERVIEW — About 100 people sat in the tile-floored multipurpose room Saturday at Rodgers Middle School where Janessa Shannon once sat as a student.

    A mourner embraces Nahshon Shannon after the memorial service for Nahshon’s daughter, Janessa, Saturday at Rodgers Middle School in Riverview.
  5. Trump: Aircraft carrier a symbol of America's might (w/video)

    Politics

    NORFOLK, Va. — With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

    President Donald Trump commissions the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday in Norfolk, Va.