Five Miami Cultural Institutions That Could Use Multi-Millions from the Frosts

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Many could use some Phillip Frost money.
Don't look a gift-Frost in the mouth. We understand. Still, news of Phillip and Patricia Frost's latest multi-million donation --$35 million to the future Miami Science Museum at Bicentennial Park -- got us thinking. Where else could Miami's most giving couple drop some of their endless ducats?

We don't presume to tell the Frosts, who were voted Best Power Couple by New Times a couple of year's ago, where to spend there money. Well, okay, so we do presume. We figure institutions like Florida International University, which got the Frost Museum, and University of Miami and its Frost School of Music are doing okay at this point. Time to spread some of that money to lesser known but still important cultural treasures.

5. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
Finally, the southern half of the county will get some much needed culture thanks to the close to $40 million center set to open next month. Problem is, nobody even knows about the place, despite Cultist's best efforts. Maybe some of that Frost money could go to marketing and advertising, or a Metrorail extension down south so people can actually get there without having to fill up the gas tank two times.

4. HistoryMiami
HistoryMiami does its darnedest to keep the Magic City's rich history on everybody's minds. But being part of Miami-Dade County's bureaucracy means being behind such dumb-ass projects as the new Marlins Stadium, a billion dollar tunnel to the port, and the personal coffers of dimwit government officials like Carlos Alvarez. With some money, HistoryMiami might be able to get its extensive photograph archives in an electronic database so that everybody could check it out before the turn of the next century.

3. World Chess Hall of Fame
What's that? You never even heard of the World Chess Hall of Fame? Shame on you. It's hard to miss the building just off the Florida Turnpike as its decorated like a chess board. Okay, you got us. We've never actually been in inside it either. But that doesn't mean it can't stand to get some money. We suggest a new Bobby Fischer wing. Oh wait. Fischer was an anti-Semite. Scratch that.

2. Monkey Jungle
Old time Miamians remember visiting Monkey Jungle way down south when they were kids. But many of us didn't realize it was still open. While Zoo Miami and Parrot Jungle, which ditched its Pinecrest digs for a more profitable home on Watson Island, have thrived in recent years, Monkey Jungle is like a hidden jewel that's so hidden it's practically worthless. C'mon Frosts, give some of that money to those Java monkeys. We promise they won't throw their feces at you during your next visit.

1. Deering Estate
Another southern treasure, this historic home should be nicknamed Vizcaya South. It seems to be doing fine, the only trouble is it has a lot more history than is even known. A little birdie (probably the most learned birdie of Miami history we have) told us that there is an incredibly rich archaeological site - one of the most significant in North America -- on the Deering Estate property. But nobody has the money to unearth it. That sounds like a perfect match for Frost money if you ask us.

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