Watson Island
· Flagstone - Island Gardens
Flagstone - Island Gardens

Island Gardens is the latest project to join the Watson Island redevelopment initiative. This $400+ million waterfront project is being developed as a public-private partnership between the City and Flagstone Properties, LLC. The project was selected through a competitive proposal process that commenced in February of 2001 with the issuance of a request for proposals and concluded in November 2001 with the approval of the voters through a public referendum.

The mixed-use development will combine two luxury hotels, Shangri-La and Westin Hotels, (with a combined total of 500 rooms), 152,000 square feet of retail, 61,000 square of dining, with entertainment, cultural facilities and civic art in an intimate village setting facing a 50-slip mega yacht marina in Biscayne Bay. Members of the Flagstone development team include Eric R. Kuhne & Associates, concept architects, Spillis Candela DMJM, architects and engineers, EDSA Landscape Architects & Planners, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, Ltd., SeaSecure LLC, and cultural partners Fairchild Tropical Garden and The Historical Museum of South Florida.

Island Gardens was approved by City Commission on July 8, 2004 and went before the Miami-Dade County Commission on September 2004 on the marina aspect of the proposal.

A 100-foot set back along the water’s edge will be maintained as a public promenade to ensure that the dramatic views of downtown Miami, the Port of Miami, and Biscayne Bay are preserved. Throughout the property, landscaping, performance venues, and art installations will add intrigue and excitement for visitors. An added attraction of the project will be the mega yachts themselves - majestic-floating castles. Upon its completion, Island Gardens will become a unique destination, unsurpassed in all of South Florida.

The project will bring tourism dollars and an estimated 2,500 permanent jobs and during construction would temporarily add 10,000 more.

For further information on the Flagstone Island Gardens project, please contact:

Aldo Bustamante
Real Estate Manager
Department of Public Facilities
(305) 416-1436