The 220-acre island located off the southern tip of Miami, Florida was master planned by EPD as one of the first urban residential developments in the United States to completely exclude automobiles. The development of this island created a self-contained residential community that would serve as a water-oriented gateway to the City of Miami.
EPD prepared the master plan for this innovative and highly successful community. The planned community outlined a ten-year development program for 6.500 residential units and 1,000 hotel rooms clustered around a spacious internal lake. This lake provides a private sheltered harbor with an inlet from Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A private ferry serves as the only transportation link between Fisher Island and mainland Miami. Particular attention was paid to the design of pedestrian spaces as walking is the principal means of transportation. Secondary circulation routes were designed to accommodate golf carts and other lightweight non-gas powered vehicles for the movement of materials and goods.