On June 8th, the City of Miami will decide whether to allow a private corporation (ESJ Capital Partners) to proceed with their proposed, major redevelopment of Jungle Island into an adventure theme park, despite numerous indications that the project as planned may dramatically diminish the quality of life and the property values of tens of thousands of local residents.
WHAT THEY WANT TO BUILD
- Extreme adventure theme park
- 300-room tourist hotel
- Eight 14-story zip line towers
- Massive artificial lagoon with water slides
- Open-air beach club with loud music day & night
WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
TRAFFIC ON THE CAUSEWAYS – with an estimated 1 Million visitors a year (over 2000 per day), the new Jungle Island would dramatically increase the traffic on the MacArthur and Venetian causeways at peak times, adding up to 45 minutes to the trans-bay commute and intensifying roadway congestion throughout the area.
NOISE POLLUTION – Where lush vegetation once absorbed sound, concrete and a massive artificial lagoon will actually amplify it. Over 130 feet up, nothing but open air will separate the surrounding area from the endless stream of shrieking tourists on zip lines.
ECOLOGICAL DAMAGE – Seawall construction destroys mangroves, pollutes waterways and displaces natural wildlife.
Yet, not only has the city approved a new seawall for Jungle Island, they’ve allocated $500,000 of your tax money to pay for it.
HEALTH & SAFETY – This 18-acre site will feature a gigantic, still-water lagoon and water park. It has been documented that facilities such as these can contribute to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and Dengue Fever, in addition to other health and safety concerns.
DRASTIC LOSS IN PROPERTY VALUES – If Jungle Island is expanded as planned, the enviable quality of life currently enjoyed by the surrounding tax-paying community will suffer. Longer commute times, plus visual and aural pollution make your home less desirable, and thus, less valuable. Estimates put the impact at between -2% and -4% in the first year alone.
- CORPORATE PROFITS ON PUBLIC LAND – The City Charter dictates that public lands be tendered at fair market value. Nonetheless, Miami has given this 18-acre, prime waterfront site to a private, profit-driven enterprise for just $250,000/year. Why?
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
- Sign the petition by clicking below and RSVP to the June 8th commission meeting to make your voice heard and stop the expansion of Jungle Island! You can also download and share a flyer to help spread the word.
Show Up and Speak Up!
City Commission Planning and Zoning
June 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM
City Hall - 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, FL 33133