Meridian Island Gardens: Giant Structure Now Rising On Watson Island

A massive new entertainment venue called Meridian Island Gardens is now rising on Watson Island.

The 65,000 square feet structure will span multiple levels.

Meridian Island Gardens will host a Saturday night concert on Super Bowl weekend by Lady Gaga, to be broadcast nationally on AT&T TV.

It appears that it is being built by a temporary structure permit. The construction permit states that it as a tent structure valued at $1.2 million, allowing for quick issuance from the Building Department (it was applied for in October).

A Turkish company called Flagstone controls the city-owned property through a below-market lease, and is using it as a party venue and marina despite promises to fully develop it.

The city has tried to get out of the lease but failed. Following a recent court battle, Flagstone won the right to postpone construction of a complex they had promised to build on the site until 2037.

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

TNM fanboys should be dumping their knee jerk vitriol on Flagstone and the City of Miami instead of Mana. What’s happening on Watson Island is a disgrace and embarrassment to the city which allowed this to happen to land owned by the city and a megawaste of public dollars.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Waaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!…..”

marc
1 year ago

How about we “dump our knee jerk vitriol” to both? Which we do.

Anonymous
1 year ago

People should go to jail for signing that contract with flagshit.

peej
1 year ago

Flagstone has the right to NOT develop the site until 2037? Only in Miami…

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is where ULTRA should be also.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The full skyline in the background would be amazing

Anonymous
1 year ago

Plus, the people living in those condos on Biscayne Blvd downtown wouldn’t be annoyed by the noise from ULTRA.

peej
1 year ago

It’s a nice idea in theory, but given the logistical nightmare that was Ultra Virginia Key, it’ll never happen.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes, it can happen. If the powers that be didn’t learn their lesson from the ULTRA nightmare coming from Virginia Key that they allowed to happen, then they have no vision and shouldn’t be in office.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This site is not large enough for Utra and its multiple stages. Current site at Bayfront park is the best site in the city of Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You think Bayfront Park is larger than this area on Watson Island?

Look at the aerial map TNM provides and you may rethink that.

Anonymous
1 year ago

BIGGEST SCAM EVER PERPETRATED ON THE CITIZENS OF MIAMI (SINCE THE MARLINS) !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR CROOKED POLITICIANS !!!!! ** Temporary structure my arse !!!!!! Just like the Aston Martin sales center which has stood for years… they will use this monstrosity until the wheels fall off or it collapses under the weight of silicone and botox !!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Does that mean you’ll never go there?

Anonymous
1 year ago

F NO (which means YES.. I won’t)

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gee, I’m sure people there will be asking about you.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I dont think that he likes it.

Marlins Scam
1 year ago

True. Marlins Scam cost taxpayers over $3 Billion. The Flagstone / Watson Island Scam is close… Taxpayers get screwed every time.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“True. Marlins Scam cost taxpayers over $3 Billion”

Ha!.. nincompoops just throw out any figure that comes to their minds and some fools reading will believe it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What?
Get educated. Flagstone has invested millions and has paid rent. The Marlins deal is a REAL debacle.
Flagstone’s marina project is a lesson on Federal Gov’t largess, and a lesson on why we can’t have nice things.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So this structure is coming down after the super bowl or miami officials had the wool pulled over their eyes and this will not be temporary.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Flagstone- what a shit show.

Anonymous
1 year ago

unbelievable!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Down with turkey

Idiots in charge
1 year ago

Disgusting. Watson Island should be a public park. Commissioner Ken Russell and City officials really screwed up.

The real Miami
1 year ago

More luxury buildings for off shore crooks wanting to hide their money in America. These building will sit empty, but be 100% sold out! We need more affordable housing for local Floridians who want to live and work in these areas. No more safe haven for international money laundering.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Expect to be stuck for HOURS trying to get into and out of that fiasco.

Joanne
11 months ago

Can someone explain to me how a venue can be built without proper parking….some people do not use Uber.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I won tickets to this lady Gaga event. But there is no parking and traffic is going to be a nightmare. Also doors open at 8 but the concert dosn’t start until 11pm. I was going to Take the bright line down from Fort Lauderdale but they are not doing train rides after 1 o’clock. So that makes me have to drive down there and find parking. It is also a general admission ticket that means standing for over five hours. I would love to see her but I’m not A young kid that can stand that whole time. To me this was not very well thought out. Stupid no parking.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Does this make Miami the World Class city that I read about ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

What were you reading that said Miami is a world class city?

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Meridian Island Gardens will host a Saturday night concert on Super Bowl weekend by Lady Gaga, to be broadcast nationally on AT&T TV”

Way to go Flagstone and Watson Island!

Miami (especially downtown) and the beaches are going to shine from the spotlight!

Anonymous
1 year ago

because nobody knows about or little burg… STFU and GTFOH !! Is this Miami winning guy ??!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nahhh, this is someone who’s in his sixties and remember getting a thrill just watching the blimp on this piece of land when I was just a little boy. You, you’re just some “Johnny come lately” who thinks he knows it all but in reality, is just another clueless dumbass who can really go no further back than three decades in this city and can now afford a computer and decided to talk shit on it as if you know what you’re talking about.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Couldn’t agree with you more. I think most people on this site are too young to know shit about Miami. They are skinny jeans and Invicta watch clueless who buy one drink at Sugar and milk it all night long.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

HEY THATS RUDE!!!!! (I buy 2 drinks)

Anonymous
1 year ago

Stop being so angry MDC.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Damn, again as usual you must’ve been in one of those long drunken states?

Bill
11 months ago

I won tickets to this lady Gaga event. But there is no parking and traffic is going to be a nightmare. Also doors open at 8 but the concert dosn’t start until 11pm. I was going to Take the bright line down from Fort Lauderdale but they are not doing train rides after 1 o’clock. So that makes me have to drive down there and find parking. It is also a general admission ticket that means standing for over five hours. I would love to see her but I’m not A young kid that can stand that whole time. To me this was not very well thought out

Anonymous
11 months ago

The concert is 9-11P