Daily Archives: February 28, 2007

West Miami was Founded by Defiant Gamblers and Bar Owners

After confirming that Sweetwater was founded by Russian circus midgets, I thought it advisable to look into other incorporation stories. As it turns out, some are quite interesting. The City of West Miami defiantly came into existence as a reaction to the County’s decision to ban gambling and restrict bar operating hours. West Miami’s residents incorporated the city in 1949 to keep their bars open till the wee hours of the morning and gamble away as they pleased. Too bad it didn’t work out in the long run.

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More Construction Site Danger

A construction worker by the name of Felix, while working on the 10th floor of a Downtown Miami office building, was thrust into an action packed nightmarish emergency. Not surprisingly, construction resumed one hour later. I hope Felix got the day off.

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Plans For Downtown Marlins Stadium Becoming Clearer

The image above is representative of past failed efforts to follow through with a new baseball stadium plan. Today, the Marlins are in a favorable position with an excellent Downtown location being offered by the County and a reasonable financial arrangement. The Marlins Stadium is planned to be built by 2011 on nine acres of  County-owned land. The property is located just north of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, which is the CBD’s transportation hub, is right off of the I-95, and has a few thousand parking spaces readily available. The stadium is expected to cost $490 million. The Marlins are responsible for $207 million ($45 million up front) and the County will front the rest of the money in the form of bonds that will be paid off by the Marlins in the form of rent. The Marlins are also responsible for cost overruns. The 36,000 capacity stadium will have a state-of-the-art retractable roof (similar to the rendering above) and will fuel more westward development in the Central Business District, Overtown, and Parkwest. The Sun-Sentinel has an informative article on the matter with a supplementary video.

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Damn That’s Smart Leviev and Boymelgreen!

New Buyers at the Marquis and Vitri will receive complimentary Bronze Center Membership at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. This membership is usually priced at around $12,500. The developers (Leviev and Boymelgreen) claim that they are strong supporters of the arts.

Yeah. Whatever. Keep em’ comin’. This is what I’m talking about. Perks; what buyers don’t expect but love. All other developers better take notice. Buyers at Met might just be getting Heat season tickets soon. Leviev and Boymelgreen have made a move that will undoubtedly set a pattern into motion.Thank God. It’s about time developers start giving buyers some serious outside-of-the-building perks.

When the projects are under construction, those launch parties and artsy fartsy events are nice with free filet mignon, ceviche, liquor, and half naked glittery dancer ladies. But, what about when the project tops off? What then? No more glitz and glamor? Well, not if you buy at the Marquis and Vitri. They get to enjoy the PAC in style.

There are victims though. The old buyers only get 20% off. Too bad, but I get it. They got the good deals. The “new buyers” will have to pay up.

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