Meridian Island Gardens Now Under Construction, Will Include 65,000-Square Feet Of Entertainment Space With Lady Gaga Concert Super Bowl Weekend

Watson Island is getting a new entertainment venue called Meridian Island Gardens.

It will open Super Bowl weekend with a Saturday night concert by Lady Gaga, which will be broadcast on AT&T TV.

Meridian Island Gardens will include 65,000 square feet of space over multiple levels. It is being built by Jack Murphy’s Consortium Entertainment, which produces Super Bowl parties annually in host cities, according to the Herald.

Vertical construction got underway last month. Permits filed with Miami’s Building Department say it has a $1.2 million construction cost, and claim that it is a temporary tent-like structure (although it appears that it is being built with steel).

The land is owned by city taxpayers, but is leased to a Turkish company called Flagstone in a deal well below fair value that dates to 2001. 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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marc
1 year ago

Every time I here the Flagstone situation I just can’t help but shake my head in disgust at the ineptitude of our local politicians.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Totally agree
Wonder how much was this REAL quid pro quo

Anonymous
1 year ago

“REAL quid pro quo” Let me guess… you think Trump is innocent don’t you.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Trump made a *snicker* – “perfect phone call.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

While the structure may be temporary it’s built on a concrete pad that will cover the land year round just like the Art Miami event space at the old Herald site.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Still pretty sad how temporary structures become indefinite because speculation, like those seedy mini malls downtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How do all those mini malls survive? I never see any shoppers in them.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Those have to be money laundering schemes

Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami skyline is visually pleasing.

Anonymous
1 year ago

to a blind person

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hopefully there will be shuttle buses to/from Miami and Miami Beach instead of thousands of cars + uber.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Typical American situation with no infrastructure in place. Only one city in the country with effective mass transit

Anonymous
1 year ago

NYC

Anonymous
1 year ago

Boston, Bay Area, Chicago, Seattle, Portland. So there isn’t only one.

Anonymous
1 year ago

DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta

Anonymous
1 year ago

Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans, San Diego.

caspmct
1 year ago

regrettably, san diego should not be on your list. they’ve made great progress, but it is still a sprawling suburban city with freeways that are choked with traffic for much of the day.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hialeah

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Opa Locka

Anonymous
1 year ago

Excellent comment. This explains why “America” lags all of the world in Gross Domestc Product.

Enough of this post about a $1.2 Million Superbowl tent. I have to go to the worlds largest Art Fair in my backyard.

caspmct
1 year ago

Not sure where you get your information, but according to the International Monetary Fund, “America” (assuming you mean “The United States of…”) LEADS the world in GDP. By FAR. In fact, at over $20 Trillion a year, our GDP is larger than China’s and Japan’s (ranking #2 and #3, respectively) PUT TOGETHER.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do you think this Mass Transit “problem” will lead to the cancellation of the Worlds largest Yacht/Boat show coming up in 8 weeks?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why, when you could take a boat ride to it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

yeah. keep hoping. this is Miami aka Caracas

Anonymous
1 year ago

Caracas has a subway system. It was pretty decent before Chavez. Don’t know on what condition it is in now.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Port and city views are worth Millions.

Anonymous
1 year ago

and the Turk secured them for pennies and has done NOTHING aside from his trailer park restaurant

Anonymous
1 year ago

He did build a marina for super yachts. I drove past the marina this morning and it was packed with huge yachts.

Anonymous
1 year ago

which one is yours ??

Anonymous
1 year ago

Get educated. Mehmet has spent millions of dollars. About $7m just dealing with BS Federal Regs concerning Johnsons Seagrass.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes… what’s wrong with Miami?.. something like this and other entertainment venues like clubs and bars should’ve been built in areas like that eons ago!

Anonymous
1 year ago

we have given this city away…such a shame. sad!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Where can we park for a concert?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Isn’t gaga a Clinton supporter – I thought the super bowl/dolphins/nfl football generally only supported republicans… interesting they hired her for a performance… I remember her going all in for Hillary.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The NFL is an entertainment entity who’s main concern is making money.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Kind of like Trump. Just an entertainment entity. Lol.

Anonymous
1 year ago

lol, true….

Anonymous
1 year ago

Oh you remember who gaga was supporting? Well isnt that special…jackass

Anonymous
1 year ago

Like nearly every other artist of clout in any medium. If you only appreciate art from Trump supporters, I imagine you don’t really appreciate art. The President of “I love the poorly educated” doesn’t really appeal to too many of us that are.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Read Thomas Sowell’s “Intellectuals in Society”

Anonymous
1 year ago

I don’t think has anything to do with it, Gaga performed at the half time show on 2017. Beyonce isn’t a republican either and she was on 2016 @ 2013