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Retail plaza to replace remnants of historic roller coaster

New shopping center in Dania Beach would feature 1.3M square feet of open-air space
August 04, 2014 03:00PM

A rendering of the proposed DaniaLive Marketplace

A rendering of the proposed DaniaLive Marketplace

Once the tallest wooden amusement park ride in Florida, the Hurricane roller coaster could give way to a massive retail plaza.

What’s left of the 100-foot-tall Hurricane is little more than a timber skeleton sitting near I-95 in Dania Beach. Years ago, the roller coaster was supposed to be demolished but never was, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

But the coaster will soon fall now that Bob Shapiro, president of Aventura-based Master Development, is planning to develop DaniaLive Marketplace, a 1.3 million-square-foot “open air” shopping center, on the site. Shapiro said he expects to complete deals with the eight land owners shortly after he receives approval from the city this fall. [Sun-Sentinel]Christopher Cameron