Port of Miami considers megayacht marina

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A new plan calls for "a unified waterfront global destination" at the Port of Miami featuring a mix of commercial development, including a marina to berth megayachts, ferry service to the Caribbean and hotel, retail, restaurant and office space.

The projects are outlined in the latest Port of Miami Master Plan, which Miami-Dade commissioners approved Tuesday, Miami Today reported.

The master plan, which runs through 2035, calls for the development of a megayacht marina complex at the southwest corner of the port.

“Immediately adjacent to the marina would be a waterfront promenade with retail and restaurant areas,” the document states. “This development would ideally work in conjunction with the cruise area to provide early-arriving passengers the opportunity to spend quality time in Miami prior to their cruise.”

At this point there are no specific proposals for a marina or other commercial development at the port, but seaport officials see such development as a key to diversifying the port's businesses and staying competitive.

Miami city officials a decade ago gave Flagstone Development Group the approval to build a megayacht marina and hotel complex near the port on city-owned Watson Island, but work has not begun, according to the newspaper.

The seaport's last master plan, completed in 1999, included several infrastructure projects now under way. With the new plan, port officials want to augment their significant cruise and cargo business with commercial development.

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