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Commissioners press state to fund SkyRise Miami tower

Development would bring more than three million visitors annually

February 25, 2014 04:30PM

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Rendering of SkyRise Miami

Rendering of SkyRise Miami

Miami-Dade commissioners have unanimously approved a resolution that pushes Florida’s lawmakers to give state dollars for the construction of a 1,000-foot observation tower in downtown Miami.

The glass and steel tower, called SkyRise Miami, is being planned by Jeff Berkowitz, who requested public financing for the $430 million project even though he had previously told media outlets that construction would be funded privately, according to ExMiami. Berkowitz is using a good portion of his own time and money on the project.

“I am spending seven days a week working on this,” Berkowitz recently said. “It’s exhilarating getting up in the morning.”

The letter lists the benefits the tower would bring to Miami, including the creation of $1.3 billion in annual economic benefit and the collection of $16.7 million in taxes for local coffers. The commissioners called the tower a “public asset” that, as the tallest skyscraper in Florida, would attract more than three million visitors every year. [ExMiami] – Angela Hunt

  • real

    miami dade the corrupt commissioners, how about you ask for millions of dollars for the neighborhoods, public schools and families in miami who are on wellfare. Miami dade is filled with greedy commisioners who get pay offs for so many things, like this stupid tower who the contractors will probably give kick backs and etc. This should not funded by our tax dollars when the money can go to things of more use.

    • Kathy

      Hahaha!!!, go SkyRise Miami

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