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Copy, paste and edit the letters below into an email to let our city commissioners know you are strongly opposed to the new Jungle Island.
I reside on the Venetian Islands and I am writing to you today to voice my adamant opposition of the proposed redevelopment project(s) planned on Jungle Island, specifically the adventure theme park aspect of the redevelopment that includes multiple 150 foot Zip Lines, a massive Crystal Lagoon-waterpark and a Beach Club. As a constituent of the City of Miami, I implore you to oppose the offensive redeployment of this most pristine city owned urban island!
The developer, ESJ Capital Partners, has consistently failed to demonstrate good faith efforts to avoid and even consider the significant adverse effects this development will have on the surrounding neighborhoods. This developer proposes to convert Jungle Island into an adventure theme park without consideration to how the project, as planned, may dramatically diminish the quality of life and the property values of tens of thousands of local residents.
My concerns stem from the following open issues I hope the City of Miami will consider and address accordingly and conscientiously:
- Apparent inconsistencies remain unaddressed between the proposed hotel and adjacent adventure theme park plan, specifically in conjunction with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code and the existing Lease Agreement. For example, some of the proposed uses appear to violate current Planning and Zoning provisions, as well as existing aspects of the Lease Agreement. I urge you to review these thoroughly before approving the proposed Hotel Referendum!
- Evidently someone within the City of Miami permitting division already issued Zip Line permit(s) on behalf of ESJ Capital Partners, although these are in violation of the height restriction clearly stipulated on the existing Lease Agreement. I urge you to look into this and avoid approving the proposed Hotel Referendum until this issue is clarified!
- The sound study prepared on March 19th, 2018, is simply inadequate since it fails to gauge the noise decibel levels at full usage of the theme park, considering the anticipated increase in attendance is expected to be in excess of 50% of current usage. I urge you to reconsider the validity of this study before approving the proposed Hotel Referendum!
- There will be a major increase in traffic between Miami and Miami Beach due to the 50% increase in attendance to the theme park. The current infrastructure on the Causeways cannot handle the additional traffic without causing serious issues for Miami residents. The city nor the developers have proposed alternative traffic methods that will alleviate the imminent traffic congestion. I urge you to do a traffic study to understand the effects of this project before approving the proposed Hotel Referendum!
- The Hotel Referendum ESJ Capital Partners is seeking to obtain will result in granting an unusually prolonged lease extension to the developer in conjunction with a below market return on Hotel rental revenue to the City of Miami that appears to be well below fair market value. This appears to be an egregious misappropriation of public land use. I urge you to re-evaluate this issue before approving the proposed Hotel Referendum.
- Serious health and safety concerns exist regarding theme/amusement and water parks, as proposed by this developer. For instance in 2016, a 10 year old boy died at a waterpark in Kansas City, demonstrating the colossal liability and responsibility such a development can represent on City property if a tragedy of this degree were to occur. Additionally, there should be a real concern and thorough analyses regarding structures such as Zip Lines and the impact these may have on surrounding properties during severe storms and hurricanes. I urge the city to consider these critical issues before approving the proposed Hotel Referendum!
- The proposed development will negatively harm the ecological environment of Jungle Island. The beloved natural wildlife in this area will be destroyed in order to create this man-made adventure theme park. I urge you to recognize the ecological effects of development before approving the proposed Hotel Referendum!
Commissioners, we hope that you will honor the faith placed in you as representatives of the people of the City of Miami, I hereby urge you to vote “NO” to the Hotel Referendum Proposal until all open issues can be clarified and addressed accordingly!
Thank you in advance for you kind consideration and please feel free to contact me if you wish.
YOUR NAME HERE
I am a resident of 1000 Venetian Way and I would like to speak out against the proposed redevelopment project(s) planned on Jungle Island. I am especially concerned about the Beach Club and crystal lagoons.
This development has been a sham from the start. They promised an eco-park, when all they want to do is gain profit from the exploitation of animals while wasting absolutely no money on responsible care for their animals or the land on which they have built their development. They hold no reputable zoological credentials (e.g. Association of Zoos and Aquariums certification) and offer no valuable ecological services, but at the same time they do irreparable damage to the animals that they constantly churn through their park.
Their main attraction is baby animals, which they have to constantly obtain. These type of animal experiences should have disappeared with the animal acts in traveling circuses. They belong in a past era before the public became aware of how these situations damage individual animals and wildlife populations only does this mean that they are likely supporting borderline criminal activity in the exotic and endangered wildlife trade, but who knows what they do with those surplus animals once they become adults. I would assume they go to even less reputable “animal experiences,” private owners, or even canned hunting expeditions in which the animals are sedated until they are shot by inexperienced hunters looking for a guaranteed kill (see “Blood Lions” the film on Netflix and Amazon Prime). Jungle Island has been an economic disappointment from the start because they do rely on this outdated and irresponsible model of family entertainment. Today’s families are more aware and do not want to support such cruel enterprises.
Now, they propose to enlarge their theme park angle, which means even worse conditions for animals and the environment. Their Beach Club will mean that their animals are exposed to nearly 24/7 electronic music, which anyone knows is extremely stressful. Furthermore, the crystal lagoons will be full of screaming children. I would also assume that there is a high risk of splashing or leaking treated water into the Biscayne Bay depending on the details of their plans. As a constituent of the City of Miami, I implore you to oppose the offensive redeployment of this most pristine city owned urban island!
The proposed development will negatively harm the ecological environment of Jungle Island. The beloved natural wildlife in this area will be destroyed in order to create this man-made adventure theme park. I urge you to recognize the ecological effects of development before approving the proposed Hotel Referendum!
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and please feel free to contact me if you wish.
YOUR NAME HERE
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