Fort Lauderdale approves Bahia Mar development

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Developers won approval Tuesday for a $250 million plan to overhaul the Bahia Mar resort in Fort Lauderdale.

The city gave permission to build a high-rise Waldorf Astoria alongside a renovated Bahia Mar hotel and a new waterfront park and promenade. Now the city and LXR Resorts must negotiate a new lease that potentially will tie up the prime publicly owned land for 100 years, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported.

Leaders of surrounding neighborhood associations and the sponsors of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show united to support LXR.

The redevelopment faced criticism from other activists during the last two weeks about its legality and whether the public would benefit enough, but no one spoke against the plans at the City Commission hearing.

The plans include a plaza of shops and restaurants along State Road A1A and a permanent home for the boat show.

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