Havana Club Opens before Downtown Renaissance

Mimi Whitefield, of the Miami Herald, describes downtown Miami as having been a ghost town after 6:00P.M., for years—something I have stated before and have been disagreed with. Still, the Havana Club will now offer its 700 or so members a new lavish venue, as well as “private mahogany cigar humidors. But smoking will only be permitted after the lunch hour, and a state-of-the-art air filtration system and bipolar ionization system has been installed.” The business social club has a cap of 800 members and an initiation fee of $5,000. The monthly fee is $300.00 plus charges for food and drink. Miami Club members can join the Havana Club with a $2,000 initiation fee and $200.00 monthly dues. The only other two clubs that have remained in downtown have been the Bankers Club, which has no initiation fee ($96.25 monthly dues) and the Miami Club, which now has the Havana Club as an extension of it. This seems to be another sign that downtown is on the verge of something special as the article references the city being on the verge of a “renaissance”, which is interesting since it implies that the major change have yet to be seen—something, given the current state of the CBD after 7pm, I wholeheartedly agree with.

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