approves team approach to Bicentennial Park plan
future of Miami's Bicentennial Park may be decided over the next four
to six months as a city planning committee headed by Commissioner
Johnny Winton prepares an analysis of development options for the
Florida Marlins baseball team, a children's museum and a museum of
science are among contenders for sites in Bicentennial Park.
Winton said the Bicentennial Park committee already has met twice
to develop a cost analysis and development scenarios.
last week approved up to $200,000 for Bicentennial Park studies, tapping
the city's $4.9 million reserves to pay for committee activities and
a separate analysis sought by Mayor Joe Carollo regarding the feasibility
of filling in a boat slip.
Arthur Teele said Bicentennial Park also will probably be a subject
of interest for the Community Improvement Authority, an independent
agency soon to be created under recently approved state legislation.
The new entity's first mandate will be building a baseball stadium
for the Florida Marlins downtown.
Teele recommended Richard Dunn, a past city commissioner, and Steve
Kneapler, owner of Monty's restaurant, as city commission nominees
to the independent agency.
said appointments by the mayor and commissioners will be made in September.
The authority also will include persons appointed by the governor
Carollo also took up the Bicentennial Park torch last week, begging
commissioners to reclaim about 10 acres of submerged land at the park
by filling in the deep water boat slip and two inlets.
staffers said filling all submerged land at Bicentennial Park would
cost about $3 million, creating 10 acres of waterfront land valued
at $42.7 million, based on property values along Biscayne Boulevard.
in only a portion of the slip would cost more due to the high cost
of rebuilding the sea wall, said Robert Nachlinger, assistant city
manager, while creating less value in terms of waterfront acreage.
in the first 300 feet of the slip, he said, would require 100,000
cubic yards of fill and cost $7.2 million, creating property worth
$13 million. Filling in three-quarters of the slip would require 300,000
cubic yards of fill and cost an estimated $4.8 million, Mr. Nachlinger
mayor said that filling in the slip could improve access to Bicentennial
Park, which is bounded to the east and south by water and to the north
said filling two inlets on the waterfront could make it easier to
extend a waterfront promenade along the shore.
filling in a good portion of that slip or whatever amount this commission
sees fit, what you will in essence do is open up Bicentennial to the
public," Mr. Carollo said. "It is going to create a very
excellent value for the city of Miami, based on the present value
of the property there."
agreed that filling in the boat slip could be one feasible option
for redeveloping the park.
city is going to have to find creative ways to find better revenues,"
said Commissioner Joe Sanchez. "I think we will be forced to
think the more land we have there, the better the development we can
have there," Commissioner Willy Gort said. "I don't have
any problem in filling the whole slip."
agreed to a proposal from Mr. Teele asking the city manager to prepare
a detailed cost analysis to fill the boat slip, including information
on environmental concerns of the county's Department of Environmental
Resources, federal Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army
Corp of Engineers.
city manager was given 120 days to report on possible timetables and
configurations, including options that would preserve a view corridor
of the bay for motorists on Biscayne Boulevard.
Teele said he is concerned about losing the last glimpse of the water,
an issue he said affects qualify of life here, but said he understands
we're talking about making this a lot more functional," Mr. Teele
said, "it makes a lot of sense."
decided not to make a recommendation on filling in the slip, allowing
the Bicentennial Park committee time to review options.
Winton said his committee plans to take up the issue, including the
possible lease value of any land created.
really ought to give this planning process time to complete itself,"
he said. "We do have a very open mind about this, but I'm very
committed to process."