“Waste of Money”- $250,000 Usain Bolt Statue Plan Infuriates Florida Residents

Published 11/23/2021, 3:30 PM EST
BEIJING – AUGUST 15: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100m Heats at the National Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China. Usain Bolt of Jamaica finished the event in first place with a time of 9.92. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Olympic legend Usain Bolt has left quite a mark in the world of sports with his historic feats. For the same, Miramar, South Florida, has decided to honor the legendary sprinter with a statue worth $250,000.

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While people love and admire Bolt, Florida resistents are furious over the decision, given the huge amount attached to the plan.

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City faces backlash for spending a hefty amount on Usain Bolt statue

The glories and astonishing achievements of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt are well known around the world. The city of Miramar, Florida, now intends to honor Usain for his Olympic journey with a $250,000 tall statue, but taxpayers are certainly not in favor of it.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 18: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Residents who pay tax for their own welfare think the amount being spent is “ridiculous.” Notably, if proceeded as planned, the statue of Bolt will end up costing way more than some of the Olympic gold medals.

City Commissioner Winston Barnes thinks the costly statute is “a waste of taxpayer money.” Winston also said, “Miramar isn’t like Moscow, which has an Usain statue of its own. Miramar is not attracting international tourists.”

He further added, “Attaching ourselves to monuments or icons is not going to make us a 24/7 city. We’re not a tourist city — come on. The money could be better spent for “the larger community” of Miramar residents. I do not think we have the luxury to try to create monuments of icons simply at the fancy of elected officials.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay heats during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

What is the goal behind Bolt’s statue?

The city will pay the $250,000 amount to artist Basil Watson, in four installments. The Miramar city has tied up with the Jamaican people, as many immigrants from Jamaica now reside in the city.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 18: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins Gold in the final of the Men’s 200m on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Miramar city commissioner, Alexandra Davis, revealed the reason behind the statute. He said, “We wanted to make sure we had a world-class Olympian as part of the art in public places.” By the looks of it, the goal is to inspire people with the journey of Usain Bolt in track and field.

What is your take on the Olympian’s statue? Do the taxpayers make a fair point?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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