The Miami Herald has dubbed the modern design of Miami’s new hotel complex as “Sponge Bob Meets the Jetsons”...but the newspaper may be more than a little peeved about their headquarters being forced to move to make way for Malaysia company Genting’s latest creation.
HotelChatter.com showcases a preview of what the new site known as Resorts Miami will look like, and it’s pretty futuristic. Yep, it even has “biomorphic” shapes meant to look like coral formations. The new development includes a resort, casino, shops and residences. And since it’s even bigger than the famous Fontainebleau on Miami Beach, you can bet the skyline of the city is gonna look fairly different.
The latest news, however, is that Genting has competition: Las Vegas Sands is apparently making plans to develop a gambling resort which will put it in direct competition with Resorts Miami. In fact, it would halt Genting’s plans entirely, despite them already having bought the Miami Herald’s building for for $236-million.
Even Las Vegas operator Caesars Entertainment is apparently in negotiations with Gulfstream Park to develop a casino resort in South Florida. The issue at hand, of course, is that state legislators need to approve gaming before any plans can go ahead. There’s even some talk of letting residents in the proposed regions decide through a public referendum. What do you think? Would a massive casino resort be worth the approval of gaming in Florida if it means huge business for the area?