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Old July 21st, 2013, 10:27 PM   #21
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Are we going to have the floating ducks like in The Netherlands?
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 09:59 PM   #22
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I do not like this proposal at all since Watson Island isn't that big to begin with and is on the main causeway that links downtown Miami to Miami Beach not to mention where the entrance to the new Port of Miami tunnel which will carry hundreds of cargo trucks a day. Traffic is already a nightmare on the causeway and this project is just way to big.
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 04:49 AM   #23
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 10:05 PM   #24
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Pérez puts price tag of Watson Island at $1B

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Remaking Miami’s Watson Island is worth spending at least $1 billion, developer Jorge Pérez told the city.

Pérez, who heads Related Group, told commissioners that he and his partners are already well on their way to investing 10 figures in a mega-yacht complex on the island that has been stalled for a dozen years, exMiami reported.

The project, which Pérez described as a “crowning achievement,” is being designed by local firm Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe; the developers, which include Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross of New York’s Related Companies, have already paid several millions of dollars in architectural and legal fees.
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 11:30 PM   #25
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Island Gardens Water Taxis To Bypass MacArthur Causeway Traffic

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Island Gardens is certain to increase traffic on the MacArthur Causeway, but the developer has a plan to get you to the new 3 million square foot Island Gardens project without having to deal with traffic.

Related’s proposal includes water taxis that will get you to the island from nine points around Miami and Miami Beach. No mention of any other type of transit is included in the draft plans which we posted earlier.

Of course, you can still drive to Island Gardens and park in one of the 2000 spaces proposed to be built on the island. The island can technically also be reached by foot or bicycle, but it won’t be a very pleasant experience if you choose either of those options.
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State OK’s development on Miami’s Watson Island



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TALLAHASSEE -- The long-stalled plans to build a mega-yacht marina on Miami’s Watson Island may finally lurch forward. On Tuesday, the Florida Cabinet approved changes to the deed that governs development on the island. The move paves the way for developers to break ground on the marina project, which also includes two hotels and a retail center.

The members of the Cabinet — Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — did not discuss the measure before giving their unanimous support. They did, however, hear strong opposition from some environmentalists and Miami-Dade County residents. “It is undeniably a giveaway of a prized public asset to generate huge profits for a private development while the city reaps very small rewards,” Stephen Herbits, a former government consultant from Miami-Dade, wrote in a letter.

Voters first approved plans to develop Watson Island in 2001. But the developer Flagstone said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and economic downturn stalled the project.


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Island Gardens Developer Misses Another Deadline

The lease terms required construction activity by June 2. Land may revert to city now. Soccer stadium anyone??
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Old June 12th, 2014, 02:59 PM   #28
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Developer now claims that "marine mitigation" work was started: http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/0...ys-work-begun/






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Island Gardens Says Coral & Sponge Mitigation Has Begun



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Mitigation has begun, says Island Gardens developer Flagstone Group, in preparation for construction of its megayacht marina. This means the relocation of corals and sponges on the bay floor, which should take 60-90 days, and then dredging will start. The project has been dead in the water for years, so this start, 13 years after the city inked their lease deal with the developers, is met with a bit of skepticism. This Miami Today article is practically oozing with it. The sight of a dredge barge floating down Government Cut towards the megaproject's Watson Island site in a few months will be a welcome sight indeed, if it happens
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NIMBYs Attack!

Miami Beach to analyze MacArthur traffic for Flagstone project

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Miami Beach residents spoke out against the controversial Flagstone Island Gardens project — a mix of luxury hotel, upscale shops and a yacht marina on Watson Island — at a Miami Beach commission meeting Wednesday.

Commissioners agreed to spend about $200,000 on a traffic study to analyze the impact of a long-awaited project by Turkish developer Mehmet Bayraktar after residents raised concerns about potential traffic problems on the MacArthur Causeway by the Flagstone project, saying the traffic could gridlock the causeway and hurt tourism, the Miami Herald reported.

Another complaint from Miami Beach residents stems from a series of changes Flagstone has made to its plans, including a recent revision that includesa 60 percent increase in parking and an additional 140,000-square-feet of restaurant and retail space.

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The dust appears to be settling on this long-stalled development: http://www.thenextmiami.com/index.ph...d-use-project/

Island Gardens Developer Signs Utilities Deal For Mixed-Use Project

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Flagstone Island Gardens LLC signed a deal last week that could bring utilities for a mall, along with residential and hotel units on Watson Island.

The agreement calls for the following to be built:

•150 residential units

•455 hotel rooms

•221,000 square feet of retail space

•136,140 square feet of restaurant space

•10,340 square feet of cocktail lounge

•13,8000 square feet of banquet hall

•50 marina slips

Flagstone will pay a connection charge that is estimated to be $1.67 million. Attorney-in-fact Nathalie Goulet signed on behalf of the developer.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #32
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Two Hotels Sign On At Island Gardens, Site Work To Begin In February

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Site work at Island Gardens will begin in February after two hotel signed term sheets, according to Miami Today.

A representative for the developer said that utility work will begin immediately after the yacht show is hosted on the property in February, with foundation work a few months later. The foundation will be poured in fall of 2016, with completion estimated for late 2018.

The two hotel brands will be announced during Art Basel. There will be a four star and a five star hotel, in addition to residences, a shopping mall and restaurants.

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