Watson Island

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Miami Herald 9/1/16

Investors are working on a deal to take over the lease for Miami’s historically under-performing aviary and tourist attraction — and they may ask voters for the right to build a hotel and other improvements on city-owned land.


Flagstone rendering

The Flagstone Island Gardens Project for Watson Island was first approved by the City in the early 2000s and has yet to materialize.  Since then, while the developer has been slow to obtain financing and missed deadlines, Miami City officials have kept the project alive.  Now, over a decade down the road, work is finally beginning, but many believe that the project is not the right choice for Watson Island.  Under current conditions, opponents of the project argue, the development could lead to gridlock on MacArthur Causeway, which would also have adverse economic impacts on the area.  The way the City has handled the project is also under criticism.  See the links below for more information.

Coalition Against Causeway Chaos – learn more on their website

Watson Island – related posts on uel.org

A Brief History of Watson Island Developments

Chronological Overview of the Flagstone Island Gardens project on Watson Island

Notes from the UEL Forum: Waterfront Gridlock





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  1. Pingback: History of Watson Island and the Flagstone Island Gardens Project | Urban Environment League of Greater Miami

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