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Jungle Island hotel plan goes to Miami voters


Written by 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.

2 Responses to Jungle Island hotel plan goes to Miami voters

  1. Peter Ehrlich Reply

    June 8, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Bad idea. Voters should vote no. Watson Island is a gateway to the City of Miami and a gateway to the City of Miami Beach. Has anyone been stuck in a traffic jam on the MacArthur Causeway? Of course they have. Vote No.

  2. ray Reply

    June 11, 2018 at 9:21 am

    13 stories is not small in most places and, to take land which was originally given to the city for use as a park, take away what was a great venue for Parrot Jungle, and in stages make this one more huge development. … in the most intrusive location possible, is too bad. Note, there are tons of empty lots in Edgewater, blocks away, for a hotel and traffic on the causeway is bad enough. Given the growth, in theory, our tax revenue should be skyrocketing and we could just allocate more of that to low-income housing if that was the real benefit from this. This Watson Island land was never a jungle, even after the Parrots disappeared. The city’s pushing this project by deep pocketed developers as beneficial when we need what it was meant to be – a park with views … on one of the few strips of land in the middle of the bay left,

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