TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida is selling 82 acres meant to be used as the spot for the nation’s largest shopping mall and entertainment complex near Hialeah.READ MORE: New Surveillance Cameras Set Up Around South Beach
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the $12.3 million sale Tuesday despite objections that the land should have been put up for bids. Critics said developers are paying owners of the rest of the 200-acre site more per acre than the state is getting.
The Miami-Dade County school system, which leases part of the land, will get $8.25 million for its lease, which it broke. The developer needed the school board to give up the lease on the 45-acre piece of land it was sitting on in case it needed to build a school.READ MORE: Oakland Park Home Catches Fire After Possibly Being Struck By Lightning
The American Dream Miami mall is expected to create some 25,000 jobs.
The $4 billion project will include a ski slope, water park and submarine rides. It’s proposed by the developer of the Mall of America in Minnesota, the nation’s largest.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the venture promises to provide a historic boost to the county’s economy.MORE NEWS: Ex-Wife Of Palm Beach County Publix Shooter Timothy Wall Frustrated With PBSO Sheriff
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