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Beach CRA Redevelopment Plan

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 FTL Beach Community Redevelopment PlanCRA Central Beach Area  


The City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Community Redevelopment Plan of 1989, modified and restated on May 16, 2017 establishes the vision, goals and objectives for redevelopment of the Central Beach area; it is essentially the framework that directs the financing, implementation strategies, management and administration of the plan to be completed within the 30 year planning horizon which is scheduled to sunset in the year 2020. 

All Beach CRA projects are consistent with the plan's primary goals and objectives:

Redevelopment Goals

  • Eliminate the conditions of blight that are currently found in the area.
  • Provide for a mix of land use that will foster family activity and recreation in the Central Beach area, and provide opportunities of tourist-related facilities and activities.
  • Stimulate the redevelopment of the core area as a catalyst for the revitalization of the entire Central Beach area.
  • Maintain public access to the Central Beach and Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Provide for resiliency of the public infrastructure in response to impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. 

Redevelopment Objectives

  • Enhance the resort image of Fort Lauderdale Beach as a place for tourists and conference groups.
  • Make Fort Lauderdale Beach an integral part of the City for use by local residents.
  • Improve the transportation and mobility options within and through the Central Beach area to include bicycles, pedestrians, transit, micro-transit, water-taxi, automobiles and other alternatives.
  • Create and enhance a positive visual and physical image of the Central Beach.
  • Provide for an active pedestrian environment throughout the Central Beach area, particularly between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Central Beach.
  • Improve inadequate public infrastructure for resiliency in response to the anticipated impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

Central Beach Master Plan Proposed Public Improvements

Beach Master Plan Thumbprint imageMaster Plan pix

The purpose of the Central Beach Master Plan is to determine future development patterns and public improvements in the Central Beach area. A series of public meetings were held to obtain community input and provide the public with opportunities to discuss and analyze the plan. On December 15, 2009 the City Commission tentatively approved the public improvement portion of the Plan.

Master Plan Implementation

On February 15, 2011, the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors approved the Central Beach Master Plan public improvement priorities and authorized staff to proceed with the Requests for Qualification (RFQ) for qualified firms to provide conceptual designs and feasibility analyses.

On February 21, 2012, the CRA Board of Directors and the City Commission approved contracts with Zyscovich, Inc., IBI Group, Inc. and Sasaki Associates, Inc. to provide feasibility studies for eight Central Beach Master Plan public improvement projects. The projects that were deemed feasible were combined into the Las Olas Boulevard Corridor and the Beach Streetscape Improvement Projects. A second RFQ was issued for design services for both of these projects and the City selected EDSA, Inc., and Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.,.

Designs Presented at City Commission & Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board Joint Workshop on October 27, 2014:



Designs Presented at City Commission & Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board Joint Workshop on October 12, 2015:

 30 percent Design Presenation Oct 12th 2015


May 04, 2016 Public Meeting- Beach CRA Public Improvement Projects

 Beach CRA Public Meeting Notice May 04, 2016


Designs Presented at Community Redevelopment Agency & Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board Special Joint Meeting on May 11, 2016:

 Special Joint Meeting- CRA & BRAB May 11 2016

May 11, 2016 Presentation

Las Olas Boulevard Corridor 60% Design Plans

State Road A1A Streetscape 60% Design Plans

Las Olas Boulevard Corridor 90% Design Plans 

Las Olas Boulevard Corridor 100% Design Plans 


Aquatics Center

The Fort Lauderdale Beach Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Board of Directors has recommended $17,000,000 from the CRA budget to fund improvements to the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center.  A CRA Board Conference memo and City Commission Agenda item will be presented to the CRA Board of Directors and City Commission to formally vote to allocate the funds.

The main features of the Aquatic Center improvements include the following:

  • Remove existing 50M Main Competition Pool.  Provide new expanded fully FINA compliant standard pool with (2) moveable stainless steel bulkheads.
  • Remove existing Diving Pool and underground observation room.  Provide new fully FINA compliant Diving Pool with dive tower including five (5) platform levels (1M, 3M, 5M, 7.5M, 10M), and 1M and 3M springboards.  Provide metal bleachers for +/- 550 spectator capacity on the west side of Dive Pool.
  • Remove existing Spa for divers.  Provide new covered spa, close to original location of the existing one.
  • Repair existing 50M Training Pool with new surfacing and gutters.
  • Repair existing Instructional Pool with new surfacing.
  • Repair pool deck approximately 30 inches to allow for increased pool depths needed for competition level-use.  Ramps and step transitions will be required to maintain access to the other buildings on site.
  • Remove existing grandstand building and bleachers on north side of Aquatic Complex. 
  • Provide new grandstand building with spectator restrooms, concessions, ticket office and metal bleachers for +/- 1500 spectator capacity with a fabric shade canopy.   

 Beach CRA Contact Information

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

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


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