Bring forth the lawsuits!

Miami Herald:


Top 3 Mega Mall Issues:
  1. Transit
  2. Transit
  3. Transit

"For a long time now you have heard me speak about transportation and the sins of the past in the way we would develop," Bovo said.
"I want to stop that dynamic."
American Dream would be served by county buses, and is about eight miles from the county's Metrorail system. The developer expects to pay about $60 million in impact fees to the county, and commissioners opted not to restrict the money for any one purpose.
The American Dream Miami retail theme park won final zoning approval Thursday from Miami-Dade County, clearing a significant hurdle toward building a $4 billion mega-mall on undeveloped land off the Florida Turnpike with enough space for an indoor ski slope and a submarine lake. 
In a 9 to 1 vote, county commissioners approved changing Miami-Dade's growth plan and zoning designations to allow Canadian developer Triple Five to create an even larger version of its current signature property, Minnesota's Mall of America, in Northwest Miami-Dade. With six million square feet of retail and entertainment space, American Dream Miami predicts 30 million visitors a year and about 70,000 vehicle trips in and out of the property, roughly equivalent to some of the busiest stretches of the Dolphin Expressway.

Triple Five still faces significant hurdles before it can start construction on a project it has said will cost roughly $4 billion to develop. It must obtain a string of permits from the county after clearing regulatory milestones, including environmental mitigation, sewage capacity and water use. The company can't proceed without Florida implementing about $200 million worth of roadway improvements. Florida has already agreed to some of the roadway widening and interchange expansions, but Triple Five must pay for anything that the state won't fund. Alice Bravo, Miami-Dade's transportation director, said no county dollars would be used for American Dream road projects.
One Other Issue:

Environmentalists complained the developer hasn't yet provided a plan to manage storm-water flooding on the 175-acre site, which mostly consists of wetlands, and warned the low-lying area on the way to the Everglades was too vulnerable for such a large project.


EXTRA:
Triple Five rejects descriptions of its project as a mall, saying its American Dream properties — a 4.5 million square-foot American Dream Meadowlands is under construction in New Jersey — serve as entertainment centers that have far broader appeal beyond shopping.
"We're not building a mega-mall," said Don Ghermezian, Triple Five's president. "We're not in the mall business."

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