Feds Now Appear To Be Leaning Towards Swire’s Plan To Build Earthen Berms Off Brickell Coast

A plan to build storm surge protection off Miami’s coast is likely to look less like a wall and more like a series of small islands, according to comments made by the project’s manager.

Niklas Hallberg, who is the Army Corps of Engineers project manager for the study, told the New York Times that they are now committed to work with the community so that the project “maybe doesn’t look like so much of a wall.”

Hallberg cautioned however that certain structural elements would be necessary.

Initially, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had proposed building a solid 20-foot sea wall along the Brickell coast to protect the area from storm surge, which some had compared to the Berlin Wall.

Developer Swire Properties worked with the Downtown Development Authority to develop an alternative plan.

Under Swire’s plan, a series of earthen and rock berms would be built off the coast. They could be elevated in the future if necessary.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers storm surge protection plan is estimated to cost $6 billion.

It will run around 6 miles, including one mile directly off the Brickell coast in Biscayne Bay.

The project is at least five years away from beginning work.

 

Renderings from the DDA study:

A mockup by the DDA of what the initial Army Corp. wall could have looked like

 

 

The Swire study:

 

 

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Anonymous
3 months ago

This is a no brainer in my opinion. Go with Swire proposal. Looks better, and will be better for the environment.

Anonymous
3 months ago

But will it work?

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’ll leave that to the engineers that are much smarter than me, but from what little I’ve read it should work, especially if they incorporate mangroves into the berms which are proven to stop storm surge.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Barrier islands act as wave breaks that take the brunt of the storm. Flooding will always occur, but the intense waves slamming the shore will be reduced. That’s why Miami Beach is very vulnerable as it’s a barrier island. While the climate may be evolving, south Florida has always had terrible hurricanes and our barrier islands have helped dampen the affects of these storms.

Vicente Fox
3 months ago

Miami Beach is an artificial island.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Nothing will stop rising seas that won’t be pretty.

Anonymous
3 months ago

you are right miss thing

PEPITO de Hialeah
3 months ago

Global Warming……………
que manera de comer pinga y querer gastar dinero!!!!

La Condesa de San Ignacio
3 months ago

Yeah, global warming is not happening, just like Trump will be in the White House by August!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Well, Mar-a-Lago is White House South.

La Condesa de San Ignacio
3 months ago

WAS!!! LOL

Common Sense
3 months ago

Sad part is even though is obvious that you are trolling, you are actually 100% correct. They always come up with a new “Society Problem” that costs millions over millions of tax payers dollars to fix, and in the end all of these problems never get fixed while the politicians keep getting richer and richer.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Are kidding ? You must not be from Miami

Azarius
3 months ago

I love this project ‼️ Like they need to do this ASAP! It’s looks good, provides more outdoor space, and protects and fight against climate change! Get it done Miami

Anonymous
3 months ago

Great parks
In this case, I definitely go with NO WALL

Anonymous
3 months ago

5 years until work begins? Then probably add another probably 5 years until work finishes. Damn, I might not even be living in Brickell by then.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Add another 5 years for the study on this work and another 5 years for the study on the study!

Anonymous
3 months ago

There won’t be that many studies. This isn’t a public transit project. Now, if they were talking about a highway being built on Brickell Avenue, it would be breaking ground tomorrow.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Tack on some more delays too due to general corruption in Miami

Anonymous
3 months ago

They’ll need to study the corruption as well so add an additional study for that and then a study for the study too

The Anon
3 months ago

Oh, waterways have even slower bureaucracy.

Anonymous
3 months ago

What are you complaining about? I might be dead.

Anonymous
3 months ago

good we don’t want you please go now pack your bags and don’t look back

Anonymous
3 months ago

I hope the original Corps proposal is dead.
The Berlin Wall was only 12 feet high, theirs would have been worse.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Instead of a sea wall, they should build an artificial beach. The increase in property taxes in the areas near the beach would pay for the project in no time.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Smart. I always though the one thing Brickell needs to be complete is a beach within walking distance. That and a strip club.

Anonymous
3 months ago

And a casino. We miss a casino in brickell.

Anonymous
3 months ago

How can something be missed that was never there?

Anonymous
3 months ago

The islands look better and good habitat for birds

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’m amazed the wall proposal was even presented..

Anonymous
3 months ago

It was presented in this form to make everyone flock to agreeing to the barrier islands.

POLO
3 months ago

They can build a park like Little Island in New York City, wish is the latest attraction to open in the last couple of weeks.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Swore proposal looks great, should have been done years ago

Anonymous
3 months ago

Swire

Anonymous
3 months ago

Clearly you understood what they mean’t.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yeah, just like I understand what you “meant.”

Anonymous
3 months ago

I actually corrected myself, I wrote the original post lol

Anonymous
3 months ago

That just looks like mosquito heaven.

Anonymous
3 months ago

They should have left Cristo’s 1983 “Surrounded Islands” pink vinyl art installations around those existing islands to achieve the same protective effect that these berms will

Anonymous
3 months ago

They should be re-planting artificially grown coral into the bay to make up for all the coral that’s been destroyed by port development and to hold back wave forces without needing to interrupt the vastness of the bay like these berms would. Underwater coral can do just as good a job and helps support the natural ecosystem better. These artificial berms and the whole process of constructing them would be an ecological disaster to the bay.

Anonymous
3 months ago

They should just let the whole city sink so that it can look like a cool Venice similar to the movie Reminiscence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BggT–yxf0

Anonymous
3 months ago

I didn’t know that trailer existed. Thanks for the heads up man…

NYC Loves Miami
3 months ago

Love this idea! It kinda reminds me of Dubai.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Leaders should visit Dubai or Singapore, it’s amazing how they are dealing with the Ocean, hundreds of miles of reclaimed land (man made land in former ocean area).

Anonymous
3 months ago

Long term, we have to gradually elevate the City’s roads, infrastructure, etc (every time a new property -house or building- gets built, it has to be elevated) similar to what Miami Beach did with West Avenue.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Wow, the government is considering proposal that isn’t an value-engineered communist brutalist structure? We are in a unprecedented times.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I like how they scrawled a bit of graffiti (Berlin) on the wall to smear it’s reputation. lmao

Moishe Mana
3 months ago

Who ass are we going to pull 6 billion out of?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Uncle Sam

Anonymous
3 months ago

Still doesn’t address the rising water-table underground, but it’s infinitely better than the original “Berlin wall” proposal

La Condesa de San Ignacio
3 months ago

You’re an ID___T!

Anonymous
3 months ago

TBH, I’d rather have this from Swire than that box also known as One Brickell City Center.

chonchon
3 months ago

considering many people consider miami the capital of Latin America its in the best interest of the federal government to get this done if it wants it to remain so. Miami is a goldmine for CIA and FBI to maintain its grip on Latin America

Anonymous
3 months ago

holy crap that Army Corps wall is ugly, anything but that

Anonymous
3 months ago

Let’s build large standing water catch basins near some of the most vibrant pedestrian areas in Miami. This will be Mosquito Heaven.

Yet Another Anonymous
3 months ago

The disjointed islands shown won’t stop water like the cross-section renders show unless those are only along the edge of the land.

Realtalk Reilly
3 months ago

Jorge Perez will soon announce plans to develop each of those little islands. Most will have 70-story towers but one will be a generous gift to the city called Park Island. It will have a lovely park featuring a grassy lawn shaded by palm trees.

Are the oysters in those oyster beds edible?

MDB
3 months ago

Absolutely terrible ideas both of them. Will totally eradicate the beauty & vastness of the bay area. Can’t believe this is actually being proposed. Let sleeping dogs lie

Anonymous
3 months ago

You realize this is in order to prevent property damage, not for fun right?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Couldn’t agree more.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The green dummies need to stay away from ruining Miami’s costal line