‘Iconic’ Downtown Miami Observation Wheel Approved, Will Be Operational Within Months

Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board has approved a plan to build an observation wheel at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami.

Sky Views of America and Bayside told the board that they plan to have the Ferris wheel operational in time for the Super Bowl in February 2020, according to Miami Today.

The wheel will be just a fifth of the size of the London Eye, but Bayside representatives have previously said that the Miami wheel would be “iconic.”

A zoning waiver was needed for the wheel’s height, which will stand at 176 feet. The London Eye is 443 feet.

The spokes of the wheel will feature LED lighting, but illumination levels will be regulated by the city. A neighborhood association called the Downtown Neighbors Alliance has said they are OK with the proposal.

Hurricane force winds of 150 miles per hour can be withstood by the wheel, Sky Views claims. They also will be able to dismantle the entire wheel in just three days if a storm threatens.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

What Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board needs are visionaries. This is not iconic. It’s just a Ferris Wheel and not all that big at that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe if they had insisted the nadir would pierce the water, affording people a chance to look at the fishies, it would be original, and definitely “Miami.” But now… meh.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“The scale of this is really tolerable,” said Miami Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board member Adam Gersen. “It makes sense, it’s not out of scale… It actually looks tiny compared to the entire site.”

The city board approved by an 8-1 vote a recommendation that the Miami City Commission approve installation of the amusement ride as well as a waiver for more height than is currently allowed under the current zoning, which is 123 feet.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Have you snorkeled off of downtown before? Don’t think fishies will be present or visible.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I see dolphins there from time to time, and pelicans as well, in the water adjacent to this site. There are all sorts of fish in the bay.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re more likely to see dumped Lime Scooters and Bikes, and the occasional dead body.

The dude who will never live there!
2 years ago

Good luck with the traffic especially when Skyrise will open! A real nightmare for sure!

peej
2 years ago

What the Super Bowl asks for, the Super Bowl gets. There’s absolutely NOTHING iconic about this proposal, but its approval should surprise no one.

Board member Alex Dominguez was on point by saying “almost cheapens the downtown skyline.” (though I’d leave out the almost)

Anonymous
2 years ago

I totally agree that it cheapens the skyline. Miami skyline will never be the same.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It looks like if the Dade county youth fair moved to downtown now.

Anonymous
2 years ago

cheapens? the rent there in miami is stupidly expensive

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mezzanine seating for Ultra.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I bet everybody on this site will be in line when it opens.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Very, very doubtful.

Anonymous
2 years ago

More ironic than iconic…

Anonymous
2 years ago

More moronic than iconic

marc
2 years ago

What a joke.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re right. Ferris Wheels, Skyrise BS.. why in the hell are the politicians trying to turn this city into some kind of amusement park or Disney World South Florid?

Forget this kiddie shit.. let us grownups have a Resort Casino. Heck, make it a few casinos.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Because we vote for ancient mediocre geriatric politicians, who are incapable to think pass their 1960s mentality

Anonymous
2 years ago

No, it’s because somebody got greased.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not any more for me, next time I vote it will be for some young, that will be my deciding point!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

“…why in the hell are the politicians trying to turn this city into some kind of amusement park or Disney World South Florid?”

For the cruise ship passengers. It’s a huge part of the local economy.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Uhhh, what?

Anonymous
2 years ago

so this and SkyRise?

Anonymous
2 years ago

This means Skyrise won’t happen.
It’s a shame cause THAT would be iconic and original to Miami.
A ferris wheel is a ferris wheel, even the London Eye is more of an eyesore if you were to ask me.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah I want the SkyRise but not this thing

Anonymous
2 years ago

Both of you are whacked out of your minds….

Anonymous
2 years ago

None

Ex-Londoner now in 33132
2 years ago

OMG–I didn’t realise this little wheel was INSTEAD of the majestic Sky Rise.

Anonymous
2 years ago

so… all the continuing foundation work at Skyrise is for nothing ??

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Skyrise won’t happen”…

Take a walk down to bayfront they are currently working on Skyrise

Anonymous
2 years ago

They are pushing dirt, waiting for financing which may never come. So we will have a nice seawall and parking lot for the wheel.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They’ve been drilling and pouring pilings for months.

Anonymous
2 years ago

LMAOOOOO .. PUSHING DIRT IS EXACTLY DOING..

Azarius
2 years ago

This is a Superbowl fill in …. Miami is just trying the cheap way to attract ppl to the boring Bayside we have now. Once this is done Skyrise will rise 6 years from now

Anonymous
2 years ago

All they need to do to liven Bayside is get Skyrise going. It will be a huge people gatherer not only to Bayside but the whole of downtown and not just during super bowl but all year long.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bayside could use a bowling alley.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So you don’t approved the 500ft observation wheel that’s also a hotel all in one… That would have truly been iconic and made money for the city. It would have went over the boat slip near the arena, the same boat slip the city wants to spend millions to fill in! You don’t approve that but you approve a ferris wheel no taller than a carnival ride? What the hell can you see from 180ft? All you can see is the top of Bayside at that height! Just can’t understand the backwards think of this city!

Anonymous
2 years ago

You are barley going see over the tree line of bayfront park… lmao

Anonymous16546756
2 years ago

give it a chance lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

Best post

Anonymous
2 years ago

But we can’t give a resort casino a chance?

Anonymous
2 years ago

WTF. If anybody wants a real view, they go to the top of one of the buildings. Not a this…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or the SkyRise

Anonymous
2 years ago

It looks fourth Worldish

Anonymous
2 years ago

Si. La Ferris Guil de Beisai.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Small and tacky, skyrise would be better.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We’re getting both! LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

So smol.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Love to know what makes this ‘iconic’? It’s a ferris wheel.

Anonymous
2 years ago

exactly

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Who cares if it’s not “iconic” It’s cute!!! Ya’ll need to stop complaining over every little thing!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s not that people are complaining, it’s just that they’re always throwing dinky stuff at us and expect everybody to be wowed by it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes. You are right. Rinky-Dinky.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What a joke!!!!!

Peter
2 years ago

It will make our skyline look like the Iowa State Fair.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Que ridiculo!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks fun.. I’m taking the kids.

All the old farts stay away.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s precisely what is wrong with America. The separation of family. The young generation used to co-habitate and learn from their elders. It encouraged family ties and generational inheritance. In the rest of the world intermingling with elders is encouraged. Walk into a taverna in Greece or into a bar for tapas in Spain and it’s visible how happy people are enjoying themselves with people of all ages. You are losing a vital, beautiful essence of life. But you know, karma will soon get you…You won’t be young forever.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think you meant to post this to your Facebook account.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Most old people I know would prefer to watch tv or play golf than drink with their grandkids. Plus, they are the ones who support the draconian 21 year old drinking age.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If you wanna go somewhere and frollick around with the kids, stop being cheap and take them to Disney World, this is the city of Miami, not Sesame Street.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh yeah, we do Disney and much more… sorry to see you get so upset with a Ferris wheel in a park and family entertainment, outdoor mall. LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Ferris Wheel in a park?”

What park?.. stop making shit up.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bayfront Park

Flymia
2 years ago

So it won’t be very iconic just cheap and big.

POLO
2 years ago

BRING IN THE CLOWNS!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just shuttle them over from city hall.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Run for city hall!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Most hotels, apts, and condos have a better View then they will from a 1950s Carnival ride.

Anonymous
2 years ago

looks like the old amusement park near the Seattle space needle that was torn down years ago – looks cheap, not iconic. the observation tower, however, will be a nice addition.

Anonymous
2 years ago

At least the Space Needle is iconic, and not a giant green clothespin.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What’s iconic about this?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nothing!

Anonymous
2 years ago

*

Anonymous
2 years ago

And you say Ft. Lauderdale is lame. They would never do this.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Fort Lauderdale is always behind Miami… Give them 5 years.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The night views will be spectacular!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Can this thing be taken down after the super bowl?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Anything to drive tourists to bayside! Throw it up like the U!

Ex-Londoner now in 33132
2 years ago

Thrilling news. Hope they call it the MIAMI EYE