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According to the Miami Herald, the owners of the Jungle Island development project have submitted a proposed design for a 300 room, 13-story hotel. Submitting the plans checks an important box on a deal that is dependent on voter approval. A majority of Miami voters approved the project by supporting a lease extension to 2099. The hotel would be built on top of a new parking garage that would replace the existing parking garage which isn't big enough

The design, by Coral Gables architectural firm EoA, led by Malcolm Berg, is meant to recall a cruise ship, Mimoun said. Watson Island sits across Government Cut from PortMiami’s cruise terminals. "This is what we wanted to do. This is three years of studies that we felt would mesh the best with the spirit of our park,” Mimoun said. “Even if you’re in South Beach, Downtown Miami, it will mesh like it is a cruise ship.”

Original renderings show the proposed Jungle Island hotel on Watson Island resembling a cruise ship at the center of the image.Jungle Island The submitted designs, which will be reviewed by the city planning department, are not construction plans or a zoning application. Those will come later, once the city approves the design, Mimoun said.

“They’re going to come say, ‘Yes we love it, no we hate it,’ or anything in between,” he said. “Once we clear the road with them, that’s when we start the zoning process.”

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