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Fort Lauderdale Planning & Zoning Board October 17, 2007 Page 19

  • 3.

    Pre-application approval by FDOT;

  • 4.

    Additional parking spaces to be provided if hotel use is converted to condominium in

the future;

  • 5.

    Retail area (5,000 s.f.) shall not be used as a restaurant; and,

  • 6.

    Subject to the requirements of the Traffic Impact Report Review.

Chair Curtis opened the public hearing.

  • Ina Lee, a resident of Harbor Inlet and Chair of the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board, commended the Blackstone Group and LXR for going above and beyond in their efforts to enhance the area as a tourist destination.

  • Bill James spoke in support of this item and commented that the proposal demonstrates a project that is consistent with the area.

  • Kristin Barrett, of Broward Housing Solutions, a local non-profit agency, spoke in support of this project and of generous contributions from Blackstone and LXR toward the agency. Ms. Barrett commented that the improved valet service will benefit local organizations and their guests who use the property for special events.

  • Eugenia Dunckel-Ellis, a resident of Harbor Inlet, stated the marine industry and tourism are the City’s largest economic engines. She spoke of various public meetings held with the neighborhood association and of the consideration given by LXR and Blackstone groups. Ms. Dunckel-Ellis spoke in support of this project.

Mr. Glassman stated he has not seen anything submitted from neighborhood associations on this project. Ms. Ellis stated the South Beach Alliance had provided a letter stating their position.

Annette Ross, a resident of Harbor Beach, was in favor of the project and stated residents of her neighborhood wished to remain closely involved in the

final

stages.

She

advised

that

a

neighborhood

association

meeting

will

be

scheduled within the next ten days.

  • Frank Herhold, of MIASF, spoke of the $11-billion marine industry and the City’s upcoming major event, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. He stated that the proposed renovations for Pier 66 are necessary. Mr. Herhold stated the types of people who come to the Boat Show need a high end venue

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