Jungle Island hotel plan goes to Miami voters
Written by Miami Today on June 8, 2018
Miami city commissioners on Friday unanimously approved a referendum on a lease extension and hotel plan for Jungle Island. The proposal will be placed on the August primary election ballot. Commissioners needed to act by Friday in order to file the proposal with county elections by close of business in order to meet the deadline for the August ballot.
It involves Jungle Island’s plan to build a hotel as part of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the animal theme park on city-owned Watson Island.
The city leases the land at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail to ESJ JI Leasehold LLC. The hotel and lease extension require the approval of voters.
A lease extension would mean more revenue to the city, contributions from ESJ to an adjacent park for improvements and money for low-income housing, and the promise of hundreds of new jobs.
The hotel would be limited to 300 rooms and a height of 130 feet.