On May 17, Triple Five Group was given the go ahead on a $4 billion development project, soon to be known as the American Dream Miami. This retail and entertainment complex is coming to Northwest Miami-Dade County and is intended to become the largest mall in North America, covering 1.2 million square feet.
Developers are urging people to see the American Dream as a park, not a mall, due to its projected theme park attractions. These include a Ferris wheel, an indoor ski slope, a LEGOLAND mini theme park, an aquarium, a roller coaster, a lake with submarine rides, a DreamWorks-themed water park, a skating rink, a permanent Cirque du Soleil show, and, on top of all that, 2,000 hotel rooms!
The American Dream Miami has caused a lot of uproar from its soon-to-be neighboring citizens. Many people are concerned with the consequences of heavy traffic and use of their taxpayer dollars, although Triple Five has vowed to widen roads and pay for additional busses themselves. Additionally, environmentalists argue that the project is too close to the Everglades (at the junction of Florida’s Turnpike and I-75) and will threaten the surrounding land and wildlife.
Supporters see the American Dream as an opportunity to generate thousands of temporary and permanent jobs, create revenue for the entire South Florida Region, and allow Miami to compete with Orlando for tourists.
Commissioner Dennis Moss promises that the American Dream Miami is sure to be a game-changer.
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