To Urbanista’s way of seeing things, Sunny Isles, now Beach, lost much of its old luster – along with any sense of place or any reason to visit if you didn’t already live there – when it destroyed its fantabulous, zebra-striped, Polynesian-Safari-themed MiMo hotels and motels and sold out to banal condo monumentality.
Now, perhaps in an effort to recapture some of that old pizzazz, comes this highly preliminary but intruiguing idea…Brilliant stroke or nutball scheme? I understand there may be another shoe to drop in the form of adjacent redevelopment. Stay tuned.
From Sunday’s Neighbors editions:
Miami Seaquarium seeks to build aquatic center in Sunny Isles Beach
The owners of Miami Seaquarium are in talks to build a 100,000-square-foot aquatic center in Sunny Isles Beach.
BY MICAELA HOOD mhood@MiamiHerald.com
Everyday, busloads of people head over to the Miami Seaquarium to swim with the dolphins and get up close and personal with stingrays, seals and sharks. Now, Wometco -- the owners of the Key Biscayne tourist attraction -- want to build an aquatic center in Sunny Isles Beach.
Last month, city commissioners were presented with conceptual design plans for a three-story, 100,000-square-foot center. (Arquitectonica-inspired rendering by axioma3architects.)
It would be housed at 151 Sunny Isles Beach Blvd., the present site of a city-owned retail complex.
Commissioner George ``Bud'' Scholl said the site would eventually be torn down -- if the center is given final approval.
Read all about it here.