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Miami waterfront plan coasts to victory

By Andres Viglucci

Miami voters on Tuesday easily approved a city-backed plan to remake a rundown piece of Coconut Grove’s picturesque public waterfront despite vigorous, even angry opposition from some residents of the historic village.

The vote clears the way for developers Grove Bay Investment Group to sign a 50-year lease with the city for the site of the Chart House and Scotty’s Landing restaurants and Grove Key Marina just north of Miami City Hall.

The agreement requires the developer to spend $18 million to refurbish the marina and replace the restaurants, which will be demolished, with three new eateries, including a Shula’s Steak House. Two historic Pan Am hangars on the property are to be restored, one for use as boat storage, the other for use as a marine-supply store.

The plan also calls for creation of a pedestrian promenade from South Bayshore Drive terminating at a new public pier over Biscayne Bay.

More here.