Should Gary Nader Fine Art Get Four Months of Free Police Security From the City of Miami?

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A Basquiat masterpiece at Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery.
Gary Nader, one of the most prominent galleries in Wynwood, Miami's most prominent arts community, is housing one of Miami's most expensive gallery art exhibits. But does that warrant special treatment from city government?

Mayor Tomás Regalado and Police Chief Manuel Orosa think so. According to the Miami Herald, at Nader's request, they've instituted 24-hour surveillance of the gallery by Miami police officers -- free of charge.

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Police security for private businesses normally costs $32 per hour. But supporters of Nader's special treatment say that because the gallery is housing a free exhibit valued at $500 million, it's at extra risk of theft -- a high-profile crime that could damage the city's reputation, and therefore makes its security the city's business.

"If something happens to that art collection, it's going to be, 'Where were the police?' " Orosa said while defending the decision at a City Commission meeting. Orosa also defended his position to the Herald, saying, "I ask that anyone who would criticize my position think about the long-lasting effects of a theft of or vandalism to a $500 million exhibit in our burgeoning art district."

Other Wynwood gallery owners, however, wonder why their own free exhibits aren't considered valuable enough to warrant their own police security detail. And others in the neighborhood say the police department's special treatment of Nader's exhibit comes at the cost of security in the rest of Wynwood. The neighborhood's been the site of several shootings in recent months, including those of a man and pregnant woman during Art Basel, and of 15-year-old Aaron Willis later that month. Willis is now paralyzed.

"What about my son?" Catherine Beaton, Willis' mother, asked the Herald. "His life and his future are more valuable than these paintings."

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5 comments
marilynf527
marilynf527

Yes, the gallery has exclusive and very expensive art work which brings a lot of visitors to the area not only from Miami but from around the world.  Every time the gallery sells a piece a lot of taxes go to the city.  This is a way to incentive more important businesses to the area.  Many cities throughout the country do the same 


bev2photos
bev2photos

Billed to TAX PAYERS??? Heck NO WAY!!

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

How many "connected" businesses and groups get free police and other government services? You would be surprised. It has to stop.

CJ Ritchie
CJ Ritchie

whats up with all these people with their hands out. No I dont nt to pay for your stadium to be remodelled, no I dont want to pay for your security.

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