Commissioners Vote To Fill Downtown Miami’s FEC Slip

Miami commissioners voted earlier this month to move forward with filling downtown Miami’s FEC slip to create more parkland.

Up to 10 acres of waterfront park on could be created by filling the slip.

The resolution was amended however to ask for a city manager report within 90 days before moving forward. The original resolution simply directed the administration to move forward with filling the slip.

Ken Russell was the lone commissioner to vote against the idea, according to Miami Today. Russell said the idea was premature and expensive.

The slip is widely acknowledged to be underutilized, and breaks up continuity between two public green spaces at Museum Park and Parcel B.

In addition to the cost of fill and environmental permitting up to $6 million may need to be reimbursed to the Florida Inland Navigational District, which paid for improvements to the slip.

The 10 acres of bayfront land that could be created would be very valuable – worth hundreds of millions or more. The developer of Aston Martin Residences paid $125 million for around an acre of land nearby.

 

 

 

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peej
1 year ago

SUCH a waste of time & money, especially after recently reinforcing the sea-walls during Museum Park construction (plus the surrounding Baywalk & landscaping).

My popcorn is ready for the clown show of suggestions on how to commercialize this newfound acreage in a few years once it’s completed–I’m sure there’s no chance of it remaining actual green space.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not commercialization, more park area.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They were already trying to vote a carnival to fill this space in MIAMI IS A JOKE

Anonymous
1 year ago

what’s wrong with a carnival?

Anonymous
1 year ago

When I think of Carnivals, I think of small towns with a name like Brooksville – population 800.
A mainstreet with a few mom and pop stores lined up, 1 diner, 1 church, 1 high school, A sheriff and 3 deputies and if they’re lucky, a Walmart may move in there someday.

Anonymous
1 year ago

lol. and the mayor is also the town butcher. Some small towns in GA and SC are like this. Their annual carnivals are a big thing there. Parades, cook offs, games and everything.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You’re a bigot !

Anonymous
1 year ago

More park area for the homeless and dogs poop in…

Anonymous
1 year ago

… on the taxpayers dime at that!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Maybe — but the thousands of new residents across the street may enjoy the park added space

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s what they thought about the “Miami Circle” park in Brickell until people started complaining about how residents use the park as a toilet for their dogs.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m sorry… are you saying we shouldn’t have parks?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Im selling magic water from the fountain of youth how much do you want?

William
1 year ago

Totally agreed. Another example of city mis-management. No real leadership at the helm here. Just a few folks sitting around a table answering questions. And when they don’t want to.. let’s do a referendum!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly. Joe Corollo wanted this all along. He first suggesTed selling the additional land to developers, now he’s interested in extending the park? Lol! In less than five years this land will be sold to developers. Disgusting!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Who the hell keeps Joe Corollo in office? Guy is a moron.

Dr Finch
1 year ago

Cubans over 60

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lets not kid ourselves, this is all about future developable land and nothing to do with adding more park space…

marc
1 year ago

yep and you’ll see all the suggestions to add the Cuban museum come up again.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please, no.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You nailed it!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, because there’s nowhere in Little Havana that’s big enough to put a Cuban Museum.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Bay of Pigs museum site merged as an exhibit? Plenty of land exists for the Cuban museum, especially all the land assemblage destroying old homes and apartment houses in the process. The majority of Little Havana hasn’t even been Cuban for years anyway, but the first person to screech about changing the name would be Carollo while he wants his museum miles away.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Cuban Museum….Who wants that crap there…. How about a USS Ship like the ones in Norfolk….for people to enjoy and learn something about the USA not CUBA.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Of it wasn’t for Cubans, Miami wouldn’t be what it is today. Nobody cares about the Norfolk crap you mentioned.

Anonymous
1 year ago

If it wasn’t for these white folks here in the United States of America accepting you fleeing Cubans into the USA, most of you wouldn’t even know about or would’ve ever seen Miami and the “Norfolk crap” that you despise.

Anonymous
1 year ago

There is a Cuban Museum already on Coral Way –

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yo STOP THE MADNESS!!! How is this even being voted on?? How can these people make that decision? This is the last historic slip from the OG Port why would you want to fill it in?? Miami has NO VISION AND NO LEADERSHIP

Anonymous
1 year ago

And? So a few mega yachts can anchor there? We have other slips for mega yachts.

peej
1 year ago

The Slip has had multiple Tallships moor there over the years, including the Coast Guard Eagle, dubbed “America’s Tall Ship”.

It’s the responsibility of the Bayfront Park Trust to promote and book these kind of events–does it surprise anyone that Joe Carollo heads the board?

They’ve half-assed their efforts, created their own need for increased revenues (now lacking Ultra funds), & have presented an asinine suggestion on how to fulfill it.

Oh-so-typical, Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is so stupid. Would love to see Miami get an aircraft carrier museum like San Diego and park it there. There’s obviously better use of the space just lack of creativity and vision.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Come think about it a older Class aircraft carrier could fit in that slip and be a tourist attraction.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The SS United States, currently rusting away in Philly, could be renovated and it could be an attraction and floating hotel. It would easy fit there.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is exactly what Miami needs not another park for the homeless to be later converted into a Cuban Museum…This is America not Cuba.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Um, America is a continent split in two i.e. north and south. This country is named the “United States” of America.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So much hate here – The Cuban Museum already exists on Coral Way

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why is it hate if anyone mentions anything about Cubans but it’s okay when hispanics who fled from their own countries to this country now tell “GRINGOS” in NYC to stay away and they’re not wanted in Miami?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do you realize how big an Aircraft Carrier is?

Anonymous
1 year ago

(scratching my head) um, let’s see.. they’ll take MILLIONS of taxpayers dollars to fill in the FEC slip, something the taxpayers aren’t concerned about, to add more land to the park, but these same commission bozo’s aren’t concerned about putting in one tree, something the taxpayers have been crying for, in same said park? (in the immortal words of Fava Flav of the rap group Public Enemy) Yeeaahhh boyyy.. that makes sense!

Please, can somebody tell me, do these commissioners have anything else to do?

Anonymous
1 year ago

great FLAV quote…. said no one ever !

Anonymous
1 year ago

But you like it, don’t you?

Anonymous
1 year ago

ELECTIONS COMING UP SOON! GET DIRTY JOE OUT! WHAT A JOKE

Anonymous
1 year ago

The joke is on the taxpayers who’ll be paying him for the rest of his life.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Other than scratch their balls and heads….nope.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So the development of Ferre Park is rightfully stymied so now they say “fine, we’ll just fill in the slip next door and build there.” Colossal waste of taxpayer money, especially with the 6 million reimbursement on the table.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We could use Ultra rent money to pay for this.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Or you could put Ultra up on some floating stages where fans can either float around the stages or watch from land. Filling it in is nuts.

Anonymous
1 year ago

STFU.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Norman Braman,I hope you’re listening!

Anonymous
1 year ago

No! We don’t want it filled in. Remove Corollo, and set about attracting historic ships as a permanent fixture at the park. These could add to the museum count in the park, as well as a source of income to be reinvested IN THE PARK!. This really pisses me off.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is a tragedy of epic proportions.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I don’t think “tragedy” is the appropriate word to use for this snafu.. I think the best word to use would be, “stupidity.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sorry folks we don’t have money for more metrorail because we’re spending it instead on filling in slips to give continuity for a park that hardly gets used and a stadium that can’t easily be walked around.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ve always thought all that is needed to connect Parcel B and Museum Park is a foot bridge similar to Puente de la Mujer in Buenos Aires. No need to fill the slip.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That would be way too easy.

Anon
1 year ago

unless you made it 100′ high or a drawbridge, it would block any and all ships from entering the slip, perhaps an idea even dumber than filling it in.

leave it as is, add some truly attractive park elements. You can even develop commercial uses in the park as a source of income, but do it subtly.

Anonymous
1 year ago

All you moaners and groaners need to attend the monthly Bayfront Park Management Trust meetings, held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at NOON at the trust offices in Bayside and observe the goings on. Get off your butts and participate. Watch the whole group attempt to dismantle one of the best parks in the city. It can be a clown show. There was 3 million bucks that was to be used for park maintenance and improvement. The trust gave way 3 million bucks, unsolicited, to the city. So now they whine about having no money to work with. This is a true story. Attend the meetings – 4th Tuesday at NOON. This is the best FREE amenity available to the whole city. Wake up and get involved.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is a tragedy of epic proportions.

Oscar
1 year ago

Yes, this will for-sure definitely positively be used as additional “park space” for “residents.” Definitely not a shrine to Commissioner Carollo’s greed and need for attention. Nothing to see here.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You must be the nephew……..

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sad. No one uses that park. More places for the homeless to sleep. Sad. Miami is pathetic.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Then move to San Fransicko

Anonymous
1 year ago

So, in your opinion, he should Get Out if he speaks the truth?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Prediction…will never happen in this lifetime, by the time they get it permitted and figure out what it will really cost the commission will have turned over 3 times and they will realize it’s a stupid idea and will have moved on to more stupid ideas

Anonymous
1 year ago

“…The 10 acres of bayfront land that could be created would be very valuable – worth hundreds of millions or more. The developer of Aston Martin Residences paid $125 million for around an acre of land nearby…”

Wait a minute —- aren’t they doing this to expand the park, or is it to sell it to a developer ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Unnecessary outlay of money. Miami has other priorities.
Are two additional museums going up in this beautiful area to walk where mega yachts are seen closely?

Anonymous
1 year ago

What a waste of $$$$$!
Even stating that the cost would be slim compared with the value, sounds like a set up with giving a developer the opportunity to lease it in the future for another stadium or circus “who the hell knows”

Keep the water basin and use it for sailing or what ever other water sports and buy a site in Brickell where a park is more definitely needed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Leave it be and just bring in floating barge casinos !!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’ll bring too much excitement. Don’t you get it yet?.. some people want Miami to be nothing but a totally boring city.

NYC N DA HOUSE
1 year ago

Interesting idea.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sheesshhh.. can we just get the hotel with convention center already?!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

mmmm…..i wonder whose dirty hands are behind this…..

Anonymous
1 year ago

All world-class cities have massive park space… New York City… Chicago… Miami is extremely lacking in this dept and needs to build less f-cking condos and force more park space…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Take Uber to Everglades National Park just on the other westside of Miami Dade the county. Or closer to Crandon Park

Anonymous
1 year ago

I see this clown doesn’t realize the actual numerous amount of condos that are in New York City and Chicago.

Interested
1 year ago

Beware if you a buying a $3M condo across the street, you may have just lost your view of the bay!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Let’s get some more park area. Then there may be enough open space between Bayfront and Ferre park to actually hold an Ultra because it can be distributed.

Also, we just need more lush park space in the urban core.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Resistance stage on parcel B and the rest at Bayfront. I can see this working.

Anonymous
1 year ago

People, give it a rest, ULTRA is not coming back to Bayfront or Ferre park.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It just might Gene. It just might.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gene didn’t write that comment.. but keep on dreaming whoever you are.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Okay so some member of the Miami DNA wrote it. Who cares? Once loco Joe realizes you guys will never vote for him as mayor he will approve Ultra as he doesn’t want to be known as the commissioner who kicked out a huge revenue generating event and out of revenge and spite.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Look, cut it out with your stupid guessing and realize this one thing.. ULTRA is not coming back to Bayfront or Maurice Ferre parks!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Oh yes it is.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Well we do know one thing, it’s not going back to Virginia Key Beach… don’t wanna stress the fish out again ya know.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This would be a nice area for an entertainment district. I wouldn’t mind going there to eat at outside restaurants while listening to some soothing music.

Anonymous
1 year ago

and to be bothered by the hundred of homeless there asking for money or drugs or soliciting for sex….no thank you.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ve seen people beg for money at places like gas stations and even outside liquor stores, but I’ve never seen homeless people begging anybody for drugs or hookers soliciting people for sex while they were being entertained or dining.

Anonymous
1 year ago

GO TO BAYSIDE

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’d like a nice old fashioned carousel on that spot.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Use it for festivals, etc. great public space. New Years gatherings etc.

Pepe
1 year ago

Would be good to put the soccer stadium there…

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think that’s what was originally planned. I wish they would.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

I thought that at first, but it’s way too small.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s what I was thinking.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

They better not put a stupid Cuban museum there. This spot could’ve made a great marina. Who’s going to use all this parkland? The homeless?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yayyy, a bigger doggy park toilet for the condo owners.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Arena parking below grade. Park and baywalk on the roof. Possibly a small museum and amphitheatre also.