The Island Gardens development is located on Watson Island, an 86-acre island between downtown Miami and Miami Beach, and is to include a five-star luxury hotel, a four-star lifestyle hotel, fractional ownership residences, high-end retail and waterfront dining set on 6.5 acres of publicly accessible and landscaped open space, in addition to the marina.
The lease of the land on city-owned Watson Island to Flagstone Property Group has been controversial, as previous deadlines for work to start have come and gone with no progress, but local reports state that representatives of the Island Gardens project have revealed that work on the project has finally begun. “Flagstone has met their June deadline and the mitigation has started,” says Bahar Bayraktar, director of communications and branding for Flagstone's Island Gardens.
Set to be completed in autumn 2017, the Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina will be able to accommodate 35 to 75 yachts within a range of 24m to 146m, the largest collection of slips for yachts of this size in South Florida. The marina will also feature floating piers for day boats and will be home to a fleet of water taxis linking Island Gardens to the harbour between South Beach and downtown Miami.