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Overview

The Fort Lauderdale Beach Community Redevelopment Area (Beach CRA) was designated by City Commission Resolution 89-88 and 89-89, adopted on April 18, 1989. It includes approximately 121 areas of Fort Lauderdale’s Central Beach. A Community Redevelopment Plan was adopted in 1989 which outlined the community’s desire for public and private improvements along with a funding program, including the use of tax-increment funds.

The Central Beach Area is the City of Fort Lauderdale’s economic engine, and it has enjoyed substantial redevelopment since the creation of the Beach CRA. Several capital improvements began to redefine the Central Beach Area in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the realignment of State Road A1A, the relocation of beach on-street parking to medians on adjacent streets, and construction of the award-winning beach wave wall and promenade. These initiatives helped improve the image and aesthetics of the Central Beach Area and spur substantial private investment, thus repositioning Fort Lauderdale as a family-oriented world-class destination for residents and visitors.

downtown-fort-lauderdale intracoastalFort Lauderdale Beach Wall

To further enhance it's reputation as a world-class destination, the City is investing approximately $78,000,000 into public improvements in the Central Beach Area to expand public access and views to the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway by creating pedestrian friendly connections, converting the Oceanside Parking Lot into a park/open space, and building a new parking garage along the Intracoastal Waterway, just North of the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge. 

These investments fulfill the Beach CRA goal to maintain public access to the beach and Intracoastal Waterway and the following objectives: to improve the circulation for autos, bicycles, pedestrians within and through the Central Beach area; create and enhance a positive visual and physical image of Central Beach; and provide for an active pedestrian environment through the Central Beach area, particularly between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Beach.  


Beach CRA Advisory Board

The Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board  (BRAB) serves the area to promote redevelopment activities and implement the Beach Redevelopment Plan goals and objectives.

Board members are appointed in February each year to serve a one-year term. The current board members are:

  • Anthony Abbate, Chair
  • Ina Lee, Vice Chair
  • Abby Laughlin
  • Shirley G. Smith
  • Jason Hughes
  • Tim Schiavone
  • Aiton Yaari
  • Thomas B. McManus
  • Marvin Andrew Mitchell, Jr.
  • Christian R. Luz  

The advisory board meets at 2:30 p.m. every 3rd Monday of each month of the calendar year. Visit the City Clerk Office to view BRAB meeting agenda and minutes.

 

  BEACH REDEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING DATES 2017   

 MONTH  DAY  LOCATION  TIME

 JANUARY       09

Special Joint Meeting with BID

 MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR   3:30 p.m.

 JANUARY        23

* moved due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

 MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 FEBRUARY      20 - moved to 28th  TUESDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR   2:30 p.m.
 MARCH            20  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 APRIL               17  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 MAY                  15  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 JUNE                19  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 JULY                 17    (Canceled)  MONDAY  CANCELED  -------
 AUGUST           21  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 SEPTEMBER    18  (Canceled)  MONDAY CANCELED  ------
 OCTOBER        16  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 NOVEMBER     20  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.
 DECEMBER     18  MONDAY  CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR  2:30 p.m.


Beach CRA Contact Information

Donald Morris, AICP | Beach CRA Manager
City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency
914 NW Sistrunk Boulevard, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Tel: 954-828-4526
Fax: 954-828-4500

E-mail: DMorris@fortlauderdale.gov  

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