Resorts World Builds Fence At Herald Site, Hires Another Lobbyist (Photos)

Resorts World Miami has started construction on a fence at the former Herald site.

Earlier this month, Jesse Manzano registered with Miami-Dade County as a lobbyist on behalf of the company. Manzano was formerly employed by Resorts World, but now works at a lobbying firm.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

It has nothing to do with Miami Dade.Its Florida as a whole won’t allow it. There are casinos but they are limited on what type of gambling they can have. The Seminole tribe has a license to gamble (Seminole Hard Rock cafe) in Tampa for instance. Probably the only true casino in Florida an even they don’t have full Vegas style gambling. Resorts World only wants the same type of license Seminole does but Tallahassee isn’t allowing them to. Resorts World can still build it with limited gambling but it’s a casino resort if you limit the gambling then it’s not a gambling resort. If your investing over $1billion On this project that doesn’t offer but half a promise then they are really the ones taking the real gamble.

marc
4 years ago

And Resorts World are the ones to blame in not having done enough due diligence before even considering purchasing this land.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You are correct, they should have done their due diligence, if they had maybe another developer could have purchased the site and build something beautiful on it, instead of this huge empty hole in the heart of our city. This just makes me sick!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Due Diligence is one thing, the city should have never granted a demolition permit without any timetable or guarantee that something would be built there. You can’t just have a massive empty lot in the middle of the city. now they will make money off of temporary event permits. shame on the whole lot of them.

Anonymous
4 years ago

i live across the street…..beautiful fence…but cant help think this means no development for years…..just art basel for next 4-5

Anonymous
4 years ago

Why can’t they let Resort World Miami happen??

marc
4 years ago

Because resort casinos with full on gambling are illegal in Miami-Dade county let alone there being opposition to this setting a precedent in developing more resort casinos in downtown Miami.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Why would Miami-Dade have a problem with illegal ? It voted heavily for Hillary Clinton.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Conviction in the “court of public opinion”, absent evidence to support indictment, without trial and without the opportunity to face accusers and present defense, doesn’t actually count in our country. We hold to the “innocent until proven guilty (in a court of law, not the propagandist meme)” standard. It is very likely a big improvement over whatever you are use to.

Anonymous
4 years ago

LOL she lost. Get over it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

She won the popular vote by 2.8 million, and before you say it does not matter, think how you would feel if the tables were turn and Trump was on the other side. He would be mobilizing all his lawyers and taking this to the supreme court, which I for one would be happy with. Every citizen’s vote should carry the same weight and not be based on where you live, and yes I would still be saying this if Trump had lost.

Afi K. James
4 years ago

Thankfully I didn’t vote for anyone, especially trump and that witch killary.

Danny
4 years ago

She won what? You do know there is no such thing as the “popular vote”.

Please read history on why we have an electoral college.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Being proud of winning the popular vote and losing the electoral college is sad. It’s like losing the Superbowl by scoring less points than the winner and expecting a reversal because your team had more total yards.
“Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski! Condolences! The bums lost! My advice is, do what your parents did! Get a job, sir! The bums will always lose, do you hear me, Lebowski? THE BUMS WILL ALWAYS LOSE!”

Edin
4 years ago

Who cares?We already have casinos everywhere in S.Florida,if you don’t like it just stay home and watch TV.

marc
4 years ago

I guess people prefer Miami maturing in to a cultured city. Think more New York less Las Vegas.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Cultured at half the pay rate…lol

Anonymous
4 years ago

Edin, Edin, Edin do you ever filter your comments before you type? I happen to agree with a lot of what you say but the way you say it comes across as angry and hateful. If you really dislike Miami as much as you seem to on the many posts you have written, then what are you still doing here? Life is too short to live in a city that you see as “sleepy town by the river.” I am sure a world class city would be glad to have you.

Edin
4 years ago

Because we are stupid and corrupt,and rather have empty parking lots and prime pieces of real estate properties,for so many years,than mega resorts,hotels,museums,office buildings,stadiums etc. which can employ thousands of workers and services.Same is with MDC property,600 and 700 Biscayne blvd,Watson island property and many others. That is why Miami never gonna be world class city,just sleepy town by the river.

Oscar
4 years ago

Yeah. This was always an empty lot. It’s not like a landmark piece of MiMo architecture was demolished to make room for said empty lot or anything…

Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s not like all the landmark hotels from the 1910s and 1920s in Miami were demolished with parking lots in place which still aren’t being developed. The Miami Herald headquarters was hardly a landmark, especially compared to the beautiful Venetian Hotel which used to be on the site. The even bigger tragedy was losing Miami’s flagship newspaper to a generic office park in Doral like it’s the 1970s again.

Whatever is built, hopefully it will be a combined redevelopment with the Omni International Mall.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Resorts purchased a property they knew was not allowed for their project. They purchased it knowing that even if they can’t build they can later sell at a premium and make money. If this was purchased by someone else you would already see some type of development like 5 star hotel, offices, condos, perhaps Beckham stadium with the hotels and offices he envisioned at the port. I am more mad at Resorts for knowingly purchasing property that never had a chance of being built out for casinos.

Anonymous
4 years ago

the land is not big enough for a soccer stadium. Miami does not need another hotel neither. Besides renting the space for Art Miami and other events during the year. They could have helipads to take people in/out Downtown to other areas of town. Bridges are not enough to support the Miami growth and I do not see the train between Miami and Miami Beach happening any time soon.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The locals are going to have a fit with helicopters buzzing around all day long.

Oscar
4 years ago

They’ve already missed the past two cycles. Best guess is that they’ll give it another few go-arounds with the legislature during this down cycle and, if there’s no change, they’ll either sell the property or spin it off into something else. Lots of capital tied up in those grassy fields.

Edin
4 years ago

Those grassy fields by the see are very salty,good for cows and horses only.Maybe someone in Miami rather have cows here then beautiful resort.

Danny
4 years ago

Too bad the soil is all contaminated due to the printing presses.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I am sure they will find another profitable best use for this strategic piece of land !!!!
…… maybe is better in this way , so after knowing what have been built lately in the city , they will have a better vision of what to do…….. maybe a huge mix use with hotels , offices , entertainment ……