Former Miami Herald Site: Genting Seeks Approval for Resort

February 3, 2017

By Ismael Rodriguez

Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group filed a new application with the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, seeking re-approval for three new skyscrapers on the bayfront property once owned by the Miami Herald.

Genting’s proposed waterfront Resorts World Miami property was granted FAA approval for the construction of three 649-foot towers in 2013, which expired on Jan. 10, according to federal records. In October, they also revealed plans for 50-slip mega-yacht harbor behind the land.

The company paid $236 million for the site in 2011, and the land has sat vacant since the destruction of the Miami Herald building in 2015. Their original plans involved a large-scale casino resort, but its attempts to lobby state and county officials to allow gambling have failed so far.

Genting would need a rewrite of Florida gaming laws to build the casino. Luckily, the proposal by Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, on Thursday can broadly expand gaming in Florida, granting Genting the opportunity to have its casino.

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