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Week of 10/19/01 - Miami News Today
Homestead Air Force Base land recommended for eco-tourism
By Victor Cruz
The best use for Homestead Air Force Base is as an eco-tourism complex, according
to a plan prepared by the Urban Land Institute for county and Beacon Council officials.
The plan calls for creation of a 'destination Everglades,' said John Cordrey, senior
vice president of research & development for the Beacon Council, the county's
economic development body. It would serve as an introduction into the Everglades
and could include a conference center, hotel, park offices, an educational center
and a base for tours.
The county has until Dec. 12 to present a plan to the Defense Department to win
rights to 717 acres of the base.
The county hired the Beacon Council in June to prepare a re-use plan. In turn, the
council hired the Urban Land Institute, which for $110,000 came up with this concept,
now in draft form.
The non-profit Urban Land Institute has aided cities on land use since 1936.
According to the plan, the site could be "a clearinghouse for all work on restoration
of the Everglades" and a university research facility focusing on environmentally
sensitive land, Dr. Cordrey said.
During debate on use of the site, proposals included an airport and a mixed-use
development. The hired experts chose a different route.
"There is no retail component expected, outside of a shop in the hotel,"
that may be a part of the final plan, said Dr. Cordrey. Consultants from Goodkin
Consulting & Research and PricewaterhouseCoopers are working on the plan's feasibility
and preparing a presentation to the Defense Department and the county commission
in November, said Diana Gonzalez, project coordinator for the Beacon Council.
The plan will be ready for distribution in two weeks, she said. Defense and land
institute officials are to discuss the plan by month's end.