Developer Preparing To Move Forward With First Phase Of Miami Wilds, Including Water Park

A team licensed by 20th Century Fox is preparing to begin construction on the first phase of the Miami Wilds theme park project, even though the second phase will be delayed by an environmental review, according to Miami Today.

The first phase could include a water park, limited lodging and some retail. It would not be financially dependent on the construction of the much larger second phase, and could be built with little or no environmental review delays.

Some activists have opposed the project, with reasons ranging from environmentally sensitive lands near the project site, to the involvement of 20th Century Fox and Rupert Murdoch.

Developers had been asking for up to $130 million on taxpayer funding to subsidize the project, which could eventually cost nearly $1 billion for both phases. Dade commissioners voted to approve the first $13.5 million in subsidies last year.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

This is what Miami needs! Let’s get it done!

Anonymous
5 years ago

This is going to make the horrid traffic even more impossible. This is terrible for the quality of life for the people who live here.

Cully
5 years ago

Sadly all I see in this story is a multibillion dollar corporation run by multimillionaire executives going to screw over the citizens of Miami-Dade County yet again. Anyone remember “The Wizard of Oz”, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” No, these developers don’t want you the citizens to pay attention to the details. Just look at the shiny new Water Park and don’t think about the $130 million tax break the County is going to give these millionaires. Remember that is $130 million LESS to use for County Services that YOU the taxpaying citizen just might need.

Sorry the Police or Fire departments were late to respond, the money for more personnel went to a theme park. Sorry about increasing your daily commute by 30 minutes, those guys that built the theme park didn’t pay for road improvements and the County can’t. Sorry about the other public parks you used to go to, they had to be closed due to budget cuts because of that theme park. Stop for a moment to think about what a project like this really costs the average Miami-Dade Taxpayer.

Remember Marlins Park and the billions lost by the City to multibillionaires. Everybody is for a shiny new theme park until they realize what it will actually cost them. Remember it is NOT the Developers, Consultants, Engineers or Construction companies that will be stuck in traffic or suffer the loss of some County services. It will be the thousands of citizens that live in Deerwood, Bonita Lakes, Three Lakes and Country Walk that will be. The developers and all associated will have a nice pay day, laughing all the way to the Bank, while the rest of us suffer. Think about that the next time you’re stuck on Coral Reef Drive trying to get to the Turnpike.

The Referendum the voters voted for in 2006 was for a Miami Zoo Entertainment Area and clearly stated to develop an entertainment district “on Metro Zoo property on land that is not environmentally sensitive and is outside the animal attractions”. That is NOT the U.S. Coast Guard site, NOR is it Southern Anchor. The legal description is CLEARLY the Hanger 3 area of the former Naval Air Station Richmond and the Zoo Parking Lot, which was the main landing pad for the former blimp base, NO OTHER LAND AROUND THE ZOO CAN OR SHOULD BE DEVELOPED.

Miami Wilds main development area (the now second phase) is 119 acres that is currently occupied by Southern Anchor and the U.S. Coast Guard. So if the County abides by what the voters voted for, like they SHOULD do, the County CANNOT build Miami Wilds as planned. The voters did not vote for the U.S. Coast Guard or Southern Anchor apartments to be moved at all.
This is why now the talk of just Phase 1, a scaled back version of Miami Wilds.

It is interesting to note that while Ram Realty, the other developer on the Richmond Tract, has proposed preserving 52 acres out of 138 acres they have to develop for a Walmart retail and residential center called Coral Reef Commons, the developers of Miami Wilds have not presented an HPC or announced how many acres they are going to preserve. In fact the trees and foliage along the Hanger 3 footprint on Zoo property and the Hanger 2 footprint on Gold Coast Railroad Museum site would be torn down and paved over for parking. The song lyrics “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” will come true if this is allowed to happen.

There are so many non-sensitive not environmentally endangered tracts of land around Miami-Dade County to build a Theme park and yet another Walmart on. Yes, we need to add more tax revenue to Miami-Dade County and South Dade is the perfect and quite frankly the only place left to do this. Yet, we need to be smart about what we do. Why are low paying dead end jobs our only option? I am not against development, however I am against stupid development that does little to no good for the County and some of which burdens the taxpayers with reduced services and infrastructure, not to mention wipes out a huge chunk of the last 2% of endangered Pine Rocklands and the more than a dozen endangered species that live in that habitat.

Water parks and theme parks come and go, but extinct is forever. Save It, Don’t Pave It!

Cully Waggoner
Board Member At Large
Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition

Anonymous
5 years ago

Well said.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Miami is a “hotspot.” Like any toilet, the turds need a place to gather. Elected officials are like turds, it doesn’t matter how many there are, they all smell raunchy: one big conglomerate hand washing symphony. Elected officials make out like fat rats…turds, now. There was a time when folks worked hard and were paid part time to do the sort…or should I say “sordid [now],” of official things that go on e/municapalities…local government. Wow. How corrupt. All for sex, greed, to marry same sex, or scheme/scam others to be wealthy. Man, so disgusting.

Cully is an idiot
4 years ago

No sorry, every time there is progress, people that have no business stick their noses to just cause problems. This is happening whether you like it or not. If you don’t like it, them move to another state or country for that matter

Anonymous
3 years ago

by sure you thank Mayor Gimenez and his people for it

Danny
5 years ago

The numbers look good if it works out and look bad if it doesn’t.

Anonymous
5 years ago

where is this going to be?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Per the renderings, on SW 152nd Street, bounded by SW 117th ave and SW 124th ave.. Next to Zoo Miami and University of Miami South Campus

Anonymous
5 years ago

A non-starter”Miami Marlins Stadium” Deal that needs a very close look at the finances without “Phase-2” revenues BEFORE any public tax dollars go to billionaire developers. Then there’s the horrible traffic already choking the area…that has NOT be fixed. Nice plan, wrong location. Jobs? Minimum wage, part timers mostly, continuing an un-sustainable employment trend for this entire region: Good for developers but not many others at all.

LMA
5 years ago

Do you suck the husk of a corn or lick the crap off of it before asking anyone else to smell your hands?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yeaahh!!! Lets di this!!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Who gives a flying “f.” Money talks and anything/everything else walks when corruption is as affluent as it has been in Florida for so long…especially Miami and it’s municipal officials. Piss poor! Zero morals…the only value is the almighty dollar those elected turds shove in their pockets amidst every other freaked scheme, ploy, or get rich plot sitting on high and riding on someone else’s back. Turds.