First Look At The ‘Iconic’ Ferris Wheel Planned At Bayside Marketplace In Downtown Miami

An application has been submitted to build a build a Ferris Wheel at downtown Miami’s Bayside Marketplace, including new renderings of what the attraction will look like.

Skywheel is proposed to be a 176-foot slow moving observation wheel featuring forty-two gondolas seating eight passengers each, for a total of 336 passengers, the application states. Each gondola will be fully enclosed and climate controlled. The observation wheel ride will last from 12 to 15 minutes.

The base will include kiosks where tickets are sold, as well as offering photos (ticket sales will also be available on phone apps).

The attraction will normally operate daily from 10 am to midnight, but will close earlier when pedestrian traffic at Bayside does not warrant operation. Skywheel will extend hours of operation until 1 am on special dates such as New Year’s Eve.

A zoning exception is needed to allow for a height of 180 feet in an area zoned for a maximum of 123 feet. Miami’s Planning Department staff is recommending approval, and a hearing before the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board is scheduled for July 31 (the city commission already voted last month to modify zoning to allow for Skywheel).

Bayside Marketplace and Arizona-based Sky View of America are the companies proposing to build Skywheel. Representatives of Bayside have previously side that the Ferris Wheel would be “iconic.”

The Skyrise tower is planned next to the site and will include a similar attraction.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m glad they put “iconic” in quotes this time.. ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

It might reach “iconic” status if they made it unique to Miami, like dipping the lower end into the water so people could see the fishies.

Anonymous
1 year ago

DERM would never allow that. Can’t disturb marine life. And if even DERM did, then you’d have to go through the ACOE.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The biggest Trump ass kissers of this month were already nominated, Please wait until the next cycle to to make more stupid comments.

Anonymous
1 year ago

He’s brilliant, he’s wealthy, he’s successful, he’s charming, he’s……………………….THE DONALD BABY!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I can’t unread that now. Gross.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Did we not learn anything from Andrew and Hard Rock guitar? For those of you who are new to Miami. Andrew was a big hurricane that hit Miami in the early 90’s and the other was a huge guitar that sat on top of the Hard Rock in bayside. The firs caused massive damage all around South Florida and the second came crashing down due to horrible weather. What do you think will happen when we get hit by the next Andrew? This thing will come crashing down just like the guitar that was once there. Think people. These wheels are fine for Las Vegas and London. Not in Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Singapore has one similar to this one. It looks very pretty. They are hit like us by big hurricanes very frequently… we should learn from them.

Miami
1 year ago

That makes too much sense

Anonymous
1 year ago

Precisely, if Singapore, Lo don and a few others have ferris wheels, what’s so iconic or creative about it?
BUILD SKYRISE

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wow, a big wheel that’s built with spokes in it and goes round and round will get blown down by high winds…

Yep, you were the smartest boy in school no matter where you went.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do you really think that hurricanes were not taken into consideration? Maybe you need to learn something from Andrew and said guitar. These wheels are common around the world already, so I see nothing “iconic” about them, but as far as hurricanes are concerned I think they’ve it covered.

Anonymous
1 year ago

For those of you who have been shut in your home with only Internet access to comment sections, the Hard Rock Cafe in Bayside installed a new guitar stone time ago.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Well now we have a huge guitar being built in suburban Broward instead.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So let it get blown down on Bayside. Maybe then they will be forced to make upgrades. The place has become really dated.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nice first prototype… now they need to make it bigger and add some beautiful lighting… maybe something to play along with the new super bridge.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Everything in Miami is “iconic.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

Two most iconic I’d say are Freedom Tower and AAA.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Santa’s Enchanted Forrest had a bigger one

peej
1 year ago

Run, Forrest, Run!

Anonymous
1 year ago

It looks like the one at the Youth Fair. Wonder if this one will be run by hillbilly carnies too.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I like the one at Santa’a Enchanted Forrest. That one is accually iconic

Anonymous
1 year ago

Double the size. I want the Herald to run articles about how this thing is going to break free and roll down the Dolphin during a hurricane!

TRY HARDER!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Can the Chinese build a rollercoaster to South Beach instead of their boring monorail.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah man, that would make sense.. I mean, who wouldn’t mind taking a ride over to Miami Beach in a roller coaster seat in the pouring rain?

I just know you were a straight “A” student in school.

Anonymous
1 year ago

And I see where you went to school did not teach the meaning of sarcasm. It’s not too late to learn.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Oh I see, you were trying to be funny with a totally unrelated story.

Learn the meaning of what sarcasm is and when to use it and maybe someone like me will get how facetious (look that word up also)you’re trying to be.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Very unique idea! A lot of people would definitely go on the roller coaster.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Damn right. Who says the trip can’t be FUN! Now that would be an “iconic Miami” thing to do, maybe the only city to add the fun element to mass trans.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They can’t even build/make drywall.

Anonymous
1 year ago

A-holes. I knew once the design came out it would look like a cheap carnival ride. This is not impressive at all. If we have to have this, put it at Ferre Park, and make it look more in line with the London Eye. This is garbage. Why is everything we get here mediocre at best? An unfinished/useless commuter rail system, unfinished Museum/Ferre Park, Noguchi fountain that seldom gets turned on, soccer stadium where nobody wants to go it…the list goes on. We deserve better, and we should use our vote to make it so.

Lyin' Ted
1 year ago

exactly what I was thinking….this is so lame….

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ok so let me get this straight…real cities all over the world have built observation wheels as high as 500ft… New York building one over 600ft and Miami just getting one at 180ft? This is so laughable it ain’t even funny! There was a proposal to build one 550ft in the boat slip by the arena with a hotel all attached… Now that was iconic because it had never been done any where in the world! They wouldn’t approve it! The city wants to fill in the dang boat slip and approves a 180ft Farris wheel and calling it iconic! Oh my gosh boy oh boy I just can’t understand this city man… That’s why it will always be behind other city with the messed up decisions these city officials make!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yup. I only wish the commish would read these comments…and actually gave a shit. Vote them out. I keep writing this. Vote them out.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I wonder what are the qualifications for becoming a city official in Miami? I think since it is not considered a full time job, the salaries are minimal, thus attracting any one who can convince voters to give them their vote. City officials should be experts in the positions they hold, and be compensated accordingly.

Miami native
1 year ago

To be on the Miami City Commish you have to either be a Mariel Refugee, an Overtown Community leader, or a yo-yo champion.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Well, that’s a huge portion of our population. No wonder it seems like we cant get anything done. When one leaves, another one from the same demo/gene pool takes over.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Oh, my bad, pardon me for thinking Ken Russel is a white guy… well, I can only guess he’s the yo-yo champion?

Why don’t you guys run for office?.. you may get elected and then you can show us how this city should be ran.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Too many skeletons in my closet. My maid and gardeners are undocumented illegals, I frequent massage parlors where Mi Ling and Tamy Wong finish me off happily, I have several off-shore accounts and other questionable assets, and I’ve been known to hang out with a few high ranking officials of the NRA. And there was that incident in college when my room mate Bobby and I got drunk and…well you know.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Did you forget the p-grabbing sessions?

Anonymous
1 year ago

City of Miami Commissioners make $12,000 per year. I know that they work more than 40 hrs per week.

They should make $125k+.

That way smarter, more talented people would put their hats in the ring.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You make too much sense

Anonymous
1 year ago

Should be bigger

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why don’t they ferris wheel Bayside to Kendall..

Anonymous
1 year ago

We don’t want it here either. Bayside sucks on soooooo many levels.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why do you say that? What makes it so bad?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Cheesy stores. Restaurants are overpriced. A lot of riff-raff just hangs out cause it’s free, second floor food hall is empty. Low class locals and sun burned tourists. I was there on opening day and many times after. The current state of the place is garbage compared to what it used to be. By comparison, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Boston’s Faneuil Hall and NYC’s South Street Seaport get better with time. That’s why I say that.

Anonymous
1 year ago

23 Million people visit Bayside per year. That is lot more than the 15M that visit Faneuil Hall.
http://skyrisemiami.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Investment-PPT_040417.pdf
The requirement to have a high percentage of minority business owners, and local business owners certainly effect the tenant mix.
For me, and many of the 23 Million, that is attractive.

For a world traveler who boasts of attending Bayside BEFORE Miami Vice was a TV show, perhaps that mandate is what is wrong.

Taking YOUR statements one at a time:
1. Well…that’s your opinion, man….
2. Overpriced for who? I don’t “dine” there often, but I know from studying real estate that the Hooter’s Bayside is one of the most profitable in the USA. Every other restaurant is packed. Overpriced for you? Mr. Seychelles? You can’t afford Chili’s?? Those Viking River Cruises are all inclusive, so perhaps the lofty prices at FIVE GUYS burgers is overpriced. Okay. I do not judge.
3. Low class locals? Apart from debating fools on the Internet, I am reasonably classy. Pontificating the idea that sun burned tourists is equivalent to garbage is not very thoughtful. There are plenty of dying cities that wished that they had any tourism at all, let alone 23 million tourists …without regard to their skin color.
4. Congratulations for being at Bayside opening day! That probably predates my time in Miami. My guess is that Bayside Marketplace opened sometime before Miami Vice was popular…like when the cops were killing people mile away and throwing them in the Miami River, and the Cocaine Cowboys were running the town. Opening day at Bayside must have been non-garbage, right? Like the Bal Harbour Shops of the era?
5. Fanueil Hall and Bayside have the same owner. Bayside is on a ground lease, the City of Miami requires a certain % of Minority Owned businesses.
Perhaps you call the stores Cheesy and the center garbage because of the minorities. Perhaps you are just an old snobby pessimist without any friends who know how to enjoy life.

Bayside is not garbage. Maybe not for Magellan or Methuselah, but not garbage.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wow. You must be their marketing director. The fact that maybe 23 million people visited last year just means our population has grown and so have the number of tourists, not that Bayside has gotten better. The food in many restaurants that are still open IS overpriced, as is usual in high tourist traps like San Fransisco’s warf or Key West’s Duval street. Many of the second floor food stalls are closed and the remaining ones are stale and outdated. Yes, you do judge, just like I do, except you don’t have the balls to call it what it is. If we do not have the courage to call out things that can be made better in our city, then we will never move to be all that we can be. Trying to defend something (Bayside, or a third-rate ferris wheel) because they are either all we have or because (as with the ferris wheel) it’s better than nothing, means that we will continue to be blind to what we can really become. Bayside, wether you like it or not, is mediocre at best, in its present state. If Disney parks were run using your arguments and mentality, they would still have A ticket rides like the Main Street Swan Boats. I hate it when people like you get insulted by criticism that is meant to make things better, not just to bitch. The first step in fixing a problem is recognizing you have one. I don’t mind analyzing things, including my many shortcomings, in an effort to improve my life, my surroundings and my own character. You don’t know me from Adam, I’m neither a snob nor a pessimist, AND I am not racist. Riff-raff is not exclusive to one ethnic group or color. If you work for Bayside or Ashkenazy get off your ass and make the place something we can all be proud off.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Cocaine Cowboys shooting at Dadeland Mall 1979.
Miami Vice premiered in 1984.
Miami River Cops 1985.
Bayside opened in 1987.

Miami is the 2nd most visited city in US, after NYC which accounts for higher number of visitors to Bayside when compared to Faneuil Hall.

Miami has the world’s largest passenger cruise port in the world, which accounts for higher number of visitors to Bayside when compared to Faneuil Hall.

Visitors to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor spent $207 on average per visit last year, generating $107M in revenues for the city (this with just 14M visitors)

Anonymous
1 year ago

Bayside could use some sprucing up. Check out : http://www.pier17ny.com

Anonymous
1 year ago

I love Bayside. When you are walking along the waterfront from Brickell to Heat games, it’s a nice place to pick up a roadie.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Iconic?
What rock have these people been hiding under?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Way better than the gigantic dildo.

Anonymous
1 year ago

no, skyrise looks like a butt plug and Okan tower is the dildo

Anonymous
1 year ago

I want them both built

Anonymous
1 year ago

Meh. Incredibly underwhelming. There is nothing appealing to it, not even the height. The design is insignificant…

Anonymous
1 year ago

For miserable, depressing, people this is something to whine about.

I’d bet $1,000 that an exit interview of the first 1,000 riders will give it an 8+ on a 10 scale average rating.

Anonymous
1 year ago

From locals who have never stepped out of the county, maybe. For others who have seen better…not so much. Ignorance is bliss. It’s like saying Miami Beach is the best beach in the world, without having been to Maui, Moorea, Seychelles, Phuket, Bali, Bora Bora….it all depends on personal experience.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ve been around the world.

When I walk around Bayside I always see a lot of very happy people having a great time. You look up and see a beautiful line of skyscrapers, and clear blue waters.
Personally, its not for lack of experience, it’s because I am an optimist. I’ve seen better, and I have seen a lot worse.

How does Bayside compare to the waterfront markets in Trinadad & Tobago? Haiti?

Bayside is a very successful mall for the owners. They dona great job serving the market, and the marina gets excellent rents.

Anonymous
1 year ago

If you’ve traveled “around the world” as you say and are impressed with Miami’s Bayside then surely you Sir have some extremely bad perception problems.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Read. Read again. Then think.
The “gentleman” said Bayside was garbage.
I did not say I was impressed with Bayside, I simply said that only a pessimistic fool would call it garbage.
I would wager $10,000 that person that calls Bayside “garbage” has never created a single important thing in their lives (apart from maybe children…that is an important accomplishment, but 95% of the worlds male and females animals can do that. Many of them do it two times or more.)
Soooo…..the “gentleman” who drops the exotic locales in order to impress these esteemed readers, and suggest that anyone who thinks Bayside is not “garbage” has not traveled the world, is foolish.

Optimist
1 year ago

It’ll still be nice. It doesn’t have to be the biggest to be nice.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Let’s prioritize a fu*king ferris wheel over dependable mass transit. Christ.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So…the fu*king ferris wheel then?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Who is “we”??
You are able to use your own big brain and bankroll to create something.
It’s easier to knock something down than to build something, of course.

Berkowitzs’ plan for Skyrise is formidable. Hats off to a man who can envision such an attraction and move it forward.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I have no problem with Berkowitz’s plans.. but why the uglyass design?

Anonymous
1 year ago

This should roll to and from the beach for an iconic connection to South Beach!

POLO
1 year ago

If they are going to build a Ferris Wheel, it should be at least as big as the London Eye.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We know that, but the city don’t, and don’t care. Vote them out and put people in office who genuinely care about Miami and its status in the world.

Madonna
1 year ago

So there will be two ferris wheels adjacent to eachother…One on Skyrise and one here?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Madonna?? Is it really you?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Skyrise will not be built.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I seriously hope not.

Anonymous
1 year ago

this is going be really, really close to skyrise.

Anonymous
1 year ago

this will be even smaller than SkyView Atlanta.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What happen to the proposal for the “wave”?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami winning!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Okay, we’ve seen you post that saying many times already and we get it how much you love Miami.. you can put away your pom poms now.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I wonder who the biggest ass is? You for not getting the sarcasm in Miami Winning, or me for thinking you don’t get it? God I hope it’s me. At least I’ll know not everyone here is a dumbass.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This “Miami winning” shit is posted over an over an over. Okay, if you’re being sarcastic once, we get it, twice alright, three times, damn, that’s enough, four, five, six, seven, etc etc etc times?.. look, is that the only thing your witless ass can use?.. the shit is stale now!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I still think it’s funny. I’m smiling now as I write this. Its his/her way of saying we suck.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, again he’s saying Miami sucks… now what?

Anonymous
1 year ago

I know someone else who is always “winning” and he really sucks.

Anonym
1 year ago

Miami is winning!

Anonymous
1 year ago

NO!

peej
1 year ago

What’s the point of this? Being the 1st built? This will lose almost all ridership once Skyrise is built beside it, with its own “Skywheel” at a significantly taller height.

Can’t they just erect a temporary one for the Super Bowl??

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is puzzling… to me it make more sense to put it in Maurice Ferre Park.

Azarius
1 year ago

Skyrise will not be done in time for Super Bowl

Anonymous
1 year ago

Since when did Sky rise get its own skywheel ?

peej
1 year ago

Who knows if it’s still part of the current design, but here’s a link to the post: https://www.thenextmiami.com/skyrise-revisions-submitted-for-city-review-including-new-attractions/

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thanks. I must have missed it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Skyrise and this wheel?? I see we are keeping it simple??‍♂️ it’s gonna look like an amusement park…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Dick and balls

Anonymous
1 year ago

Then we need two wheels?

Anonymous
1 year ago

No. Dick and one big ball. Like Hitler.

Anonymous
1 year ago

In Miami we can get Ferris Wheels for kiddies to ride in with their parents but grown folks are told they can’t have a casino… and they didn’t put this Ferris Wheel up for a vote.

This city is screwed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not big enough for the location. Go bigger or don’t do it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Just another horrible proposal to be considered by city commission, they same commission that finally decided to get Ultra out of downtown, only to decide to bring it back to downtown, yet they wouldn’t consider a world class event like F1 that would elevate the profile of downtown Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Where’s the roller coaster?

Anonymous
1 year ago

At 180ft how the hell can you call this crap an observation wheel? What the hell can you see at 180ft? The only thing you can see is the top of the trees that’s it!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wrong.
You have unobstructed water views from 18 ft.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I would ride it at least once..

Anonymous
1 year ago

I thought there was a 600 foot ferris wheel, smh

RustyTRUMPet
1 year ago

Bayside is a DUMP!

Anonymous
1 year ago

So is the area where you live…