Proposal would expand Fort Lauderdale marina

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A proposal is calling for Fort Lauderdale to spend as much as $16 million on a major expansion of the city’s Las Olas Marina, with extra space for megayachts, according to a report in the Sun Sentinel.

However, the paper says the idea could conflict with current beach redevelopment plans.

The proposal calls for excavating one of the city’s main beach parking lots to accommodate as many as 91 additional boat slips along the Intracoastal Waterway. Current city plans for a beach makeover, though, envision turning that lot into a waterfront park and promenade with an adjacent parking garage.

Marine industry leaders pitched the new idea to city commissioners last week and argue that it may be possible to pursue both ideas. They say an expanded marina would draw more boating business and add an upscale allure to the beach.

Click here to read the complete report from the Sun Sentinel.

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