Environmentalists Fight Plan To Build Miami Wilds Theme Park

Environmentalists are mobilizing to oppose a move by the county commission that would allow the Miami Wilds theme park to be built.

They are rallying against a plan that would declare an area near Zoo Miami as blighted, which would allow for a special taxing district to help developers build the park.

It wouldn’t be possible to maintain healthy pine rockland in the area with a theme park there, say the environmentalists. They plan to hold a demonstration on January 17.

Federal officials also sent a letter to mayor Carlos Gimenez earlier this month warning that Miami Wilds would harm protected species and require a lengthy review from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

20th Century Fox and Sony Music want to build a $930 theme park on county-owned land. Parques Reunidos of Madrid is also on the development team, which plans a 70-acre amusement park, a 400-room hotel, 500,000 square feet of retail development and a theater.

(via Miami Herald)

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