THE AL­LURE OF MI­AMI’S IS­LAND GAR­DENS

Is­land Gar­dens caters to the world’s largest su­pery­achts, and is Mi­ami’s exclusive des­ti­na­tion that is di­rectly ac­cessed by air, land or sea.

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While it is true that Mi­ami is no stranger to buzz-wor­thy de­vel­op­ments mak­ing the in­ter­na­tional head­lines, Is­land Gar­dens will be one of the largest ac­com­plish­ments in Mi­ami’s his­tory, and due to be fully op­er­a­tional by the 2018/19 sea­son. From the re­tail and din­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties of Co­conut Grove to the arts and cul­ture of the Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, Mi­ami has evolved to be much more than just beaches and board­walks. With the con­stant de­vel­op­ment and growth, af­flu­ent res­i­dents and tourists con­tinue to find more rea­sons to spend time in the Mi­ami area, mak­ing it more im­por­tant than ever to con­tinue en­hanc­ing the level of ho­tels, res­i­dences, re­tail, restau­rants and ac­tiv­i­ties to meet the de­mands of this dis­cern­ing de­mo­graphic.

Mi­ami is hot­ter than ever with the over-the-top de­vel­op­ments that are in the works along­side the mes­mer­iz­ing sea­side des­ti­na­tion of Is­land Gar­dens. Two of these de­vel­op­ments cer­tainly wor­thy of men­tion­ing are the Brick­ell City Cen­tre that is near com­ple­tion and in­cludes high-end re­tail, con­dos, of­fices and even the tallest build­ing to date in Mi­ami; and Mi­ami World­cen­ter that is only in the be­gin­ning stages, but is an­other multi-bil­lion dol­lar project that will fea­ture an enor­mous mall, rooftop soc­cer field, Mar­riott Mar­quis ho­tel with con­ven­tion cen­ter and a num­ber of res­i­den­tial tow­ers. These lux­ury com­plexes are flour­ish­ing, and the South Florida de­vel­op­ment com­pa­nies seem to show no sign of slow­ing down any­time soon.

When Is­land Gar­dens is com­pleted, this area of Mi­ami will be ut­terly trans­formed, and will fea­ture two lux­ury ho­tels, 220,000 square feet of high-end re­tail and an in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tion of wa­ter­front din­ing op­tions. Per­fect for the en­tire fam­ily, Is­land Gar­dens is de­signed to be pub­li­cally ac­ces­si­ble, and will fea­ture a unique col­lec­tion of pub­lic art in­stal­la­tions and civic art. While the events at Is­land Gar­dens will cer­tainly be plen­ti­ful through­out the year, Su­pery­acht Mi­ami is set to be the pin­na­cle of these lux­ury events; de­signed by Show Man­age­ment, this ex­ten­sion of the Yachts Mi­ami Beach Show will ex­clu­sively cater to the su­pery­achts tak­ing ad­van­tage of Is­land Gar­dens Deep Har­bour’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­sign.

Ideally lo­cated in the heart of Bis­cayne Bay, Is­land Gar­dens is strate­gi­cally sit­u­ated be­tween Mi­ami’s Arts and Cul­ture District, and the ever-pop­u­lar South Beach. Look­ing be­yond the com­mer­cial­ized ben­e­fits of Bis­cayne Bay for our mod­ern life­styles, this area is also nat­u­rally sig­nif­i­cant in many ways. It is the largest es­tu­ary on the south­east coast of Florida with a complex ecosys­tem to­tal­ing 428 square miles, and is con­tigu­ous with the fa­mous Ever­glades and Florida Bay. Bis­cayne Bay is not only home to the Bis­cayne Bay Na­tional Park, the largest ma­rine park in the na­tional park sys­tem, but also the Oleta River State Park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Bar­na­cle State His­toric Site and more.

What does it take to be a ma­rina that caters specif­i­cally to su­pery­achts? Is­land Gar­dens Deep Har­bour is the first deep-wa­ter ma­rina of this ca­pac­ity in the West­ern Hemi­sphere, and opens the door for those su­pery­acht own­ers want­ing to park their “home-away-from-home” at a cut­ting-edge ma­rina with end­less shop­ping and din­ing venues just steps away from the docks. With 5,000 lin­ear feet (1524 meters) of slips, Is­land Gar­dens Deep Har­bour can ac­com­mo­date 50 of the largest su­pery­achts in the world, stretch­ing up to 550 feet (168 meters) with drafts of 18 to 21 feet (5.5 to 6 meters) deep. These avail­able state-of-the-art util­i­ties, posh ameni­ties and first-class re­sources look to se­cure Is­land Gar­dens as one of the most sought-af­ter year-round yacht­ing des­ti­na­tions in the world, and most cer­tainly, the United States.

This de­vel­op­ment is still not yet fully op­er­a­tional with the ho­tels, restau­rants and res­i­dences; but the ma­rina is fully op­er­a­tional now, and is ac­cept­ing daily, monthly, sea­sonal and an­nual leases. Cur­rently, The Deck is an ex­quis­ite su­pery­acht ma­rina-front amenity that is now open, and quickly be­com­ing one of the fa­vorite hotspots for lo­cals and tourists alike who are look­ing for some of the most amaz­ing views imag­in­able of Bis­cayne Bay and Down­town Mi­ami. The truth is in the num­bers when it comes to de­vel­op­ments of this size, and the to­tal non-re­cur­ring ben­e­fits ex­pected for the state, city and county is $228,780,825, and to­tal re­cur­ring is $74,363,730. This unique abil­ity to berth su­pery­achts along­side im­me­di­ate ac­cess to a he­li­pad and sea­plane ter­mi­nal es­tab­lishes Is­land Gar­dens as Mi­ami’s exclusive des­ti­na­tion that can be di­rectly ac­cessed by air, land or sea.

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