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Miami Voters Approve Ballot Questions Concerning Parrots, Shopping Mall

Jungle Island
via Miami Herald
Miami voters decided to allow Jungle Island to build a 300-room hotel on its Watson Island property.

Politicians and property taxes weren’t the only questions on some ballots this primary season. Voters in the cities of Miami and South Miami approved opening the way for the redevelopment of two high-profile properties.


In Miami, it’s a 13-story hotel at what used to be called Parrot Jungle — now Jungle Island. In South Miami, it’s a rule change that could mean big changes at The Shops at Sunset Place mall.

Brian Bandell, a reporter with the South Florida Business Journal, and Kyra Gurney, a Miami Herald reporter, join WLRN’s Tom Hudson to consider the interplay of real estate and politics.

This post was updated after the Friday, Aug. 31 episode of The Florida Roundup aired.

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Alexander Gonzalez produces the afternoon newscasts airing during All Things Considered. He enjoys helping tell the South Florida story through audio and digital platforms. Alex is interested in a little of everything from business to culture to politics.
In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN. He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.