A Floating City in Biscayne Bay? Dutch Company Hopes to Make It a Reality

Categories: Unreal Estate

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Dutch Docklands
Most of Miami-Dade is already built on fake land created by draining swamps or dredging up dirt, so maybe it's not ridiculous to think the next step for expansion is building a floating city on completely synthetic terrain. That's what one Dutch company has in mind, and execs have already had talks with Mayor Carlos Gimenez about the possibility of leasing out the equivalent of 500 to 1,000 acres in the middle of Biscayne Bay.

Dutch Docklands has already built one floating community, the Ocean Flower in the Maldives, and, according to Miami Today, is looking to expand worldwide. Miami is already at the top of the list for possible U.S. expansion (though areas in New York and New Jersey are also being considered). The company already even has an office here and has met with Gimenez twice.

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Dutch Docklands
The Ocean Flower in the Maldives.
"You can create whole new communities, and because it's floating and on the waterfront, it would mean very high-end real estate. You can create private beaches, private islands," Frank Behrens, chairman of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Miami, told Miami Today.

Right, because if Miami needs anything right now it's more high-end real estate. The Dutch better talk to the Brazilians first to make sure they're OK with buying floating real estate, considering they're the only ones buying our existing condo inventory right now.

Behrens said the company could close a deal as early as this week.

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Dutch Docklands
Plans for a five-star Hotel in Norway.
Maybe the idea isn't as ridiculous as it seems at first take. Most of the islands in Biscayne Bay, including exclusive real estate hot spots such as Star Island, were created by dredging up dirt, and any floating real estate would be by its nature resistant to rising sea levels, unlike much of the rest of town.

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swinghigh
swinghigh

How come Americans are not allowed to rebuild their American homes in Stilt City?

Rob Doughty
Rob Doughty

NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Don't ruin our beautiful bay. Its one of the best places to sail in the world.

Sam Heywood
Sam Heywood

@Roy, which reminds me: When Chuck Norris jumps in a pool he doesn't get wet. The water gets Chuck Norris. @Tony - It's not the floating idea that I have a problem with. It's the building at sea level idea. You need roads to get to these floating structures. Those roads, I'm assuming, will be located on land. Land situated just inches above sea level. Which is rising. And we're back.

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

This is a great idea. Have you seen how well these have worked out in the UAE? It's not like they're floating, incomplete, uninhabitable land masses.

Roy Gonzalez
Roy Gonzalez

@Sam. If the Dutch want to build on water they build on water. They are to water what chuck Norris is to life.

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Sam did you even read the article? What part of floating don't you understand? Every day the oceans rise and fall. It is called Tides!

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

So your only argument against it is that you are jealous?

Aleric2
Aleric2

No thanks......I like the Bay the way it is...


Sam Heywood
Sam Heywood

Rising sea levels. You'd think the Dutch would be hip to that.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1  

I dont think jealous is quite the word.   I guess once we are done paving everything on land over why not do the same for the water right?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@Sam Heywood I guess you don't read too good.

They will be FLOATING!  FYI The seas go up and down twice a day.  It is called tides.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@miamitrev2 @Anthonyvop1 Awww jeez.  Really?  That is your reply?  The same lame, old "pave everything over" line?  

Your jealousy is only topped by your ignorance.  I see growth but economically and environmentally.  I see more shoreline.  Look along residential seawalls and docks.  Look at the growths of soft corals and sponges.  Most of North Biscayne Bay is mud bottom made up of fill with little life.  This project would be similar to an artificial reef and actually be beneficial.  

Don't try to come back with lines provided by fascist, environmental groups like Greenpeace.  i spend large amounts of time on the bay fishing, sailing and diving.  It isn't just a view while crossing the causeway for me.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @miamitrev2  

What type of boat do you sail on?  Perhaps you race and I've kicked your ass more than a few times and thats why you are so salty.     It's pure unending greed  plain and simple


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