Four Projects Now Moving Forward On Watson Island

Watson Island could soon become a mini-city, with hotels, residences, a marina and seaplane base.

Several projects that have long been dormant are now moving forward, Andres Viglucci reported. They include:

  • Jungle Island – expansion could include a new hotel and school. The theme park itself could be expanded with new water features and restaurants, and a school could also be added. A hotel could require a voter referendum, however. Aventura’s ESJ Capital Partners, developer of charter schools, has been brought on as an investor.
  • Seaplane Base – new owner wants to build a three- or four-story building with a restaurant and observation deck, and ramp up scheduled air service. Zoning and land use change will need to be approved by city commissioners, now pending.
  • Heliport – owner is now up to date on rent payments to city and is promising to have the facility open this year.
  • Island Gardens – North America’s only superyacht marina is now nearly complete, with a temporary certificate of occupancy expected this month. Developer has begun clearing land for the second phase, a $600 millon hotel and retail complex.