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Miami-Dade county's parks department has asked private developers to submit ideas for a theme park to be located next to Zoo Miami, although the project is some way from becoming reality.

The Miami Herald has posted an in-depth report looking at the prospects for the scheme, which is designed to encourage private investors to fund a major new tourist attraction. The county has previously failed in a bid to bring a water park to the site, which sits on either side of the main entrance road to Zoo Miami.

According to the report, the department's latest request for proposals calls for a "themed, water oriented resort and entertainment destination", with the precise details left open to the developer. Interested parties have until April 30 to submit their ideas for consideration.

Theme parks have performed relatively well during the economic downturn, with Cedar Fair and Six Flag share prices on the rise and giants Disney and Universal continuing to post strong figures. Any new theme park next to Zoo Miami would be located around four hours' drive away from Florida's theme park hotspot, Orlando.

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