The amusement wheel called Skyviews Miami has finally begun to rise behind Bayside Marketplace, a new photo shows.
The image was snapped by downtown Miami resident Ryan Rea yesterday. It shows that the first spoke of the Ferris Wheel has now been installed.
Construction of the amusement wheel is well behind schedule. Completion had been scheduled before the holiday season, the operators told city commissioners last year.
Bayside Marketplace and Arizona-based Sky View of America are building the 176-foot amusement wheel, and have said that it will be “iconic.”
It is not to be confused with the 1,049-foot Skyrise tower that is claimed to be in planning next door. There is also yet a third amusement wheel proposed nearby at the FEC Slip next to Maurice Ferre Park, called the Miami Wave.
The Skyviews Miami ride will have LED lighting illuminating the wheel, and will have capacity for 336 passengers in forty-two gondolas that seat eight passengers each.
A ride will last from 12 to 15 minutes. The hours of operation will run until midnight or 1 am, depending on how busy it is.