Watson Island may have an alternative use, if one Miami commissioner gets his way.
Ken Russell wants the city to turn the island into a multi-modal transit hub, instead of a hotel, residential and retail project that has been promised for decades.
According to Miami Today, Russell told fellow commissioners at a recent meeting that the island could be used to connect and finance the Baylink rail project with water taxis, and possibly help finance them.
The commission is scheduled to vote next week on a resolution that would declare the developers of the Island Gardens project proposed for the site in default of a lease agreement for the land after missing a construction deadline. The developer is now just “moving around dirt” to convince the city that work is underway, Russell said.