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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Leave the slip alone?

Interesting story in Eye On Miami about the FEC slip of water that is next to the American Airlines Arena. That's the slip to the left of this photo, next to the Arena and Bicentennial Park, now called Museum Park.


County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City Mayor Tomas Regalado want to fill the slip in, they say it it to "add green space." They insist it's not to accommodate soccer star David Beckham and his plans to start a soccer franchise in Miami, which many are believing is what will happen if the slip is filled in. Beckham is interested in putting the stadium at the Port of Miami, now, called Port Miami. (Museum Park, Port Miami, Zoo Miami, names change often in the county). The slip doesn't look wide enough to add another stadium, but if you take away space from the park, as they have done already with museums and such, it would work.

Is this a good idea or not? Being downtown and just the fact that they have put museums and other buildings in the park does not lead me to believe that this will be just green space in a prime spot in downtown. It's taxable land that anything built on the site, whether it's an arena or condo, will bring more money to the city in the way of taxes.

To be fair, the whole area there is fill, just the one slip was left untouched. Not sure why, but why not leave it? Instead of making it green, how about leaving it sea green?

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Marc said...

That slip was used for the Volvo Round the World race boats last year. A race village was in the park.

The Coast Guard Bark Eagle (Tall Ship) also used that slip for a port visit.

Lets not build anything permanent...

Marc

December 05, 2013 7:38 AM  
Anonymous AM said...

The land under the footprint of the new Museum downtown used to be huge Oil Storage Drums in the 50's. I think they were owned by Belcher Oil. Oil is refined in the Bahamas and unloaded here.

Next to the Oil Drums, to the South, were several docks built for the cruise ship industry, but also used for cargo and unloading.

Talk about polluted land!
I wouldn't hang out in that park.

December 05, 2013 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Tony Scornavacca said...

The slip is an incredible asset. Boaters (of any size vessel) don't have many options in the City of Miami to pull up to a dock and go to a restaurant or to an event.

December 05, 2013 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

leave the slip alone. now you'll have congestion on both land and sea

December 05, 2013 7:37 PM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

If Beckham wants to put a soccer franchise and can finance building the stadium himself (no more marlins stadium fiascos please!), then why not accomodate that strip of land/water that is barely used. They can finance it with the rent the miami heat are finally paying for AAA ;-)

December 06, 2013 10:06 AM  

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