Could floating developments work in Fort Lauderdale the way they have in the Maldives?  I came across a fascinating company which was advertised in the Christies Great Estates magazine this month.  Esslinger Wooten and Maxwell is an affiliate of Christies Great Estates.  The company is named Dutch Docklands and they have an office in Miami.  Dutch Docklands has created man made islands which they have built homes on top of in the Maldives.  South Florida is quickly running out of space to build upon.  If you take a wide view of South Florida you get a feel for the sheer size of the Everglades.  What we end up with is a smaller strip of land that can be built upon.  Could building on the ocean be the next step in environmental sustainability while alleviating the housing crunch at the same time?

If sea levels were to rise in South Florida our coastline would be changed drastically.  I don't think the solution is to fight against the ocean, the ocean will win.  The better plan to me would be to plan ahead should sea levels rise.  Part of that plan would have to encompass building over water, versus trying to push it back.  The homes and developments Dutch Dockland are constructing have minimal environmental impact, according to their website.

Ocean Flower is Dutch Docklands development now being marketed in the Maldives.  This is the first of five proposed developments in the Maldives.  You can find more information on the development here.  A successful project in the Maldives would not only be ground breaking, but have huge implications for South Florida.  This is one of the most unique, and interesting ideas in housing I've ever seen.

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Written By Casey Prindle