Miami voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed SkyRise Miami, a swooping observation tower and tourist attraction proposed on a spit of land behind Bayside Marketplace.
The public supported the 1,000-foot tower — coupled with a long-term lease extension for Bayside’s operator — by a roughly two-to-one margin. The vote gives developer Jeff Berkowitz the green light to begin construction and triggers a $10 million upfront payment to the city of Miami.
At a campaign party held in a private room at the Hard Rock Cafe at Bayside, Berkowitz swished a glass of Grey Goose vodka on the rocks and declared victory upon the release of only early and absentee voting tallies, which favored the agreement by more than 70 percent.
“It’s a mandate,” he said. “Up, up and away.”