‘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

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

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

“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

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

Anonymous

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

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

The dude who will never live there!

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

peej

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

cheapens? the rent there in miami is stupidly expensive

Anonymous

Mezzanine seating for Ultra.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Very, very doubtful.

Anonymous

More ironic than iconic…

Anonymous

More moronic than iconic

marc

What a joke.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

No, it’s because somebody got greased.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

“…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

Uhhh, what?

Anonymous

so this and SkyRise?

Anonymous

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

Yeah I want the SkyRise but not this thing

Anonymous

Both of you are whacked out of your minds….

Anonymous

None

Ex-Londoner now in 33132

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

“Skyrise won’t happen”…

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

Anonymous

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

They’ve been drilling and pouring pilings for months.

Anonymous

LMAOOOOO .. PUSHING DIRT IS EXACTLY DOING..

Azarius

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

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

Bayside could use a bowling alley.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous16546756

give it a chance lol

Anonymous

Best post

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Or the SkyRise

Anonymous

It looks fourth Worldish

Anonymous

Si. La Ferris Guil de Beisai.

Anonymous

Small and tacky, skyrise would be better.

Anonymous

We’re getting both! LOL

Anonymous

So smol.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

exactly

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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

Anonymous

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

Yes. You are right. Rinky-Dinky.

Anonymous

What a joke!!!!!

Peter

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

Anonymous

Que ridiculo!

Anonymous

Looks fun.. I’m taking the kids.

All the old farts stay away.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

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

“Ferris Wheel in a park?”

What park?.. stop making shit up.

Anonymous

Bayfront Park

Flymia

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

POLO

BRING IN THE CLOWNS!

Anonymous

Just shuttle them over from city hall.

Anonymous

Run for city hall!!!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

What’s iconic about this?

Anonymous

Nothing!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

The night views will be spectacular!

Anonymous

Can this thing be taken down after the super bowl?

Anonymous

EVERY GREAT INTERNATIONAL CITY HAS A FERRIS WHEEL

Anonymous

They also have sewers. Doesn’t mean it’s great.

Anonymous

NONE LOOK LIKE THIS. THEY ARE MODERN/HIGH TECH VERSIONS OF FERRIS WHEELS. THIS IS A CARNIVAL RIDE.

Anonymous

Will a parking garage be built for this to sit atop ? Now THAT hasn’t been done anywhere else.

Anonymous

Is that the only way you’ll ride on it?

Anonymous

IS THIS A FERRIS WHEEL FOR ANTS?