Fla. Agency OKs Plan to Reopen Former Cartoon Museum Building

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By: E&P Staff

The Boca Raton, Fla., building that formerly housed the International Museum of Cartoon Art may finally have new tenants.

According to a Thursday Boca Raton News story, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency this week gave permission to Mizner Park Cultural Arts Associates Inc. to redevelop the huge building with restaurants, a bookstore and other retail shops, an exhibit area featuring antique books, and studios and office space for Boca Raton Educational Television. The new complex might open in 2007.

The structure had been built specifically for the cartoon museum, which opened in Boca Raton in 1996. It closed six years later due to fund-raising troubles and not enough visitors. Museum founder Mort Walker, who does the “Beetle Bailey” comic for King Features Syndicate, is hoping to reopen the renamed National Cartoon Museum late this year in a much busier locale — New York City’s Empire State Building.

Originally founded in Connecticut in 1974, the museum now has about 200,000 original cartoons in storage.

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