by Michael C. Lowe | March 02, 2011

During a Feb. 24 finance meeting, Miami Beach commissioners voted 5-0 to support a renovation and expansion plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center. Plans include expanding the facility from roughly 1 million square feet to 2 million square feet and constructing a headquarters hotel with at least 800 rooms. Though the committee vote is only one stage in the process, the approval allows city officials to tell potential investors and politicians that the plan now has full city support. The next stage will take place March 9, when the plan could be approved officially by the city commission. The project comes with a possible $640 million price tag.