Fort Lauderdale marina gains support for upgrade

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Despite potential environmental and financial obstacles, members of Fort Lauderdale's beach redevelopment board are supporting a major upgrade of one of the three city-run marinas.

Board members support plans that would nearly double the amount of docking space at the Las Olas Marina with floating docks, according to an article in the Sun Sentinel.

Facilities should match the city's reputation as a premier yachting location, the board said.

"We're doing this for the future of the city of Fort Lauderdale," board member Aiton J. Yaari said.

Money for the marina expansion had not been included in the initial beach redevelopment plans. Consultants said it might be difficult to get county approval of plans that would be required to offset any damage to existing sea grass caused by the expansion.

But members agreed with others who said yachting was a vital industry and attraction for the city.

This marina is going to have an incredible economic impact and social impact on the beach area," said Robert Dean, a member of the city's Marine Advisory Board.

"This marina could end up being the gemstone of Fort Lauderdale," Dean said.

Board members will finalize their recommendations to the city commission in August.

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