Daily Archives: April 19, 2007

A Must See: Nasty Landlord

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BoB Out of Town till April 22nd

Boom or Bust: Miami will return to regular updates on Monday April 22. Still, there might be some activity on the blog from here to then. Cheers!

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The Related Group Continues SoFi Domination with Viceroy

Jorge Perez and his company, the Related Group, have dominated the southern tip of South Beach for years (Yacht Club at Portofino, Murano, Portofino Tower, Murano Grande, Apogee, ICON South Beach–many of them designed by Sieger Suarez). Now, they are moving ahead with plans for Viceroy South Beach, an ultra luxury resort and residences complex. Viceroy South Beach, which is situated directly across from both the Portofino Tower and Apogee, will further cement SoFi as one of Florida’s most elite communities. Considering that the area was a blight spot in the city landscape as early as 1995, it is a marvel of urban development to consider its drastic evolution in 12 short years.

Resident “privileges” include:

  • Event and menu planning by Viceroy South Beach catering professionals
  • Fresh flower delivery and arrangement
  • Personal chef services and in-residence catering available through Viceroy signature restaurant
  • Personal fitness trainers and outdoor running companions
  • Preferred pricing at Kor Hotel Group online shopping collection
  • Priority Status for Viceroy resort and restaurant reservations
  • Signing privileges and direct billing for all resort services at Viceroy South Beach Resort
  • Spa and massage services available in Viceroy South Beach spa, in-residence or poolside
  • Wine sommelier consulting services through exclusive local wine boutique; professionals for hire

Resident Services include:

  • 24-hour security
  • One-year membership to Equinox Fitness Center
  • Cable television and high-speed Internet access
  • Car wash and detailing services
  • DVD, video game and music rental and delivery
  • Housekeeping service
  • Interactive resident information system panel and smart building technology
  • Landscaping services for exterior common areas, courtyards, pools, and pathways
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Life and fire safety (including sprinkler system)
  • Lifestyle and residence management services: Residence oversight, supervision, administration, management and care
  • Lobby attendant/doorman
  • Pest control and refuse services
  • Pool services and amenities (including towel services, umbrellas, magazines, water and on-site staff)
  • Shoe shine and repair services
  • Sports recreation instruction and equipment rental (including tennis, golf and water sports)

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Dolphins Stadium Plans Moving Forward

The plans for the $250 million revamp of the Dolphins Stadium are discussed in the Miami Herald. Plans include:

  • 400ft green and blue glass wall at club level with panoramic city views
  • 360,000 additional square feet
  • Large open air deck for outdoor events
  • Cocktail stations
  • Fantasy Lounges “trimmed in American walnut and brimming with high-definition TVs, the Club Level promises to rival the action on the field.”
  • Kohler-designed restrooms

Miami Dolphin officials claim that that stadium is being positioned to be “at the crossroad of Disney with magic, Ritz-Carlton with service, Google with technology and innovation and Broadway with live performance.”

This is all very exciting and will definitely provide a much needed boost in economic activity in and around Miami Gardens, Carol City, and Miami Lakes. This major renovation, however, seems to accentuate the Marlins’ no-ballpark plight. As it is, Dolphins Stadium is impersonal and excessively large for a baseball stadium. Now with the Fins getting their act together and the Marlins stadium plans still in limbo, Loria will probably feel even more itchy about getting the plans for his franchise’s stadium expedited. The problem is, there is no clear plan for funding construction, no site officially selected, and a State Legislature that is becoming increasingly hostile to the notion of tax payer funds being used for ballpark construction, which boggles my mind considering the tremendously positive impact these facilities have on job creation, property values, tax revenues, and the overall local economy.

Images Source: The Miami Herald

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