A mega-yacht marina is open at Flagstone Island Gardens, but the hotel towers and shops approved in 2001 have yet to be built. Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com

The tumultuous saga of Flagstone Island Gardens is finally coming to a head after 16 years of lawsuits, delays and deadline extensions.

Miami commissioners have called a special meeting Tuesday to debate the fate of the $1 billion complex of shops and hotel towers that voters approved on Watson Island in 2001. Turkish developer Mehmet Bayraktar built and opened a mega-yacht marina early last year, but has only just begun work on the upland portion of the project — an action that is now a point of contention.

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