Donald Trump has set his eyes on building a movie/TV studio in Miami, Florida which is dubbed to be twice bigger than the Universal Studios. Mr. Trump's grand plan was revealed by Mayoral candidate Joe Martinez who introduced the possibility of "Trump Studio City" during the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 6.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trump didn't attend the meeting but his lawyer Michael Cohen was on hand to present the project, which was said to be designed as "one of the largest studios on Earth." Cohen explained, "It could inject as much at $262,000 in local revenue (a day) with 15-20 acre back lots that really handle any type of movie. Any type of television series that could ever be dreamed of."
The land that Mr. Trump is eyeing has sat vacant for decades near the Homestead Air Force Reserve base. The location, which was deeded over to the county following the Hurricane Andrew, was previously marked as the site of a new airport. "You got to dream. Las Vegas came out of the desert. People didn't think it could be done," Martinez said upon introducing the ambitious project.
An architect hired by the Trump Organization, John Fotiadis, explained that the studio's facility would include several sound stages, back lots, a hotel, a magnet school for film and entertainment, an airport, a heliport and auxiliary structures. "A whole production company would be able to move here," Fotiadis said as quoted by Miamy Today. "You have a variety of facilities that can accommodate different kinds of productions."
Martinez was optimistic that Trump's grand project in Florida would come true. "What does Hollywood have that we don't have? What does LA have that we don't have? They are not as close to Central and South America as we are. They are not as close to the financial capital of the world as we are," he said. "They are not as close to Europe as we are...Why can't we have an industry that even the environmentalists like - the movie industry?"
He continued, "This administration looks forward to meet with the Trump Organization and moving this forward. We're a can-do administration, not a can't-do administration."