Miami Pays $40,000 to Cuban Museum Over Attempted Eviction
MIAMI (AP) _ The city has complied with a court order by paying $40,000 to the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture for trying to evict it from city property.
The museum, twice bombed for displaying artists some exiles felt were soft on communism, filed suit in federal court against the City Commission, which has a Cuban-American majority.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence King ruled in May that the commission violated the free-speech rights of museum directors by refusing to renew the museum’s lease.
Museum directors welcomed the money.
″For us, it is a rebirth for the museum,″ said Executive Director Cristina Nosti. ″We can continue our work without interruption.″
Commissioner Miriam Alonso said Thursday the payment settles the city’s financial obligation. She added the city was considering a proposal to auction off the property, which is leased to the museum for a dollar a year.