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Take a look at the hotel coming to Jungle Island

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Last month, The Real Deal reported that the Miami Planning and Zoning Appeals Board approved a proposal from Jungle Island owner ESJ Capital Partners for the development of a 300-room hotel, attractions and a retail complex. Passing 5-2, the proposal was a special area plan, allowing for dense projects that have public benefits. ESJ also requested that the zoning designation be changed to restricted commercial.

ESJ hopes to obtain building permits by 2023 as required by its lease. The approval is one step forward for the Aventura-based company, which had to submit an SAP proposal after previous zoning applications were delayed for more than a year.

ESJ’s plans for Jungle Island, which sits on 18.5 acres on Watson Island, include an eight-story hotel on top of a four-story parking garage with a sculpted garden on the rooftop. Matching Jungle Island’s theme, the garage would feature vines and green walls. Two buildings already on the property would be renovated and expanded to encompass 40,000 square feet of meeting rooms, retail and restaurant space.

If approved by the city commission, the improvements are set to benefit the city. Rent will increase to $1.2 million a year and 5% of gross revenues when the hotel is operating. Another benefit would be $650,000 for affordable housing.

Check out renderings of the proposed changes below.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.