Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24: Help Preserve Fort Lauderdale's Character

By Sylvia Gurinsky

The occasional knuckleheaded move (http://sunshinestatements.blogspot.com/2010/07/july-27-bad-signs-in-miami.html) aside, the city of Miami has started learning to plan wisely.

Fort Lauderdale has a chance for similar wisdom. For most of tomorrow, its residents will have a chance to head to the city's Planning Department and look at proposed laws for development.

The objective is to preserve the character of the city's neighborhoods. Fort Lauderdale is still Broward County's most beautiful city. But in recent years, it's had problems preserving some of that beauty. After a successful growth period during the 1980s and early 90s, budget and leadership crises, mega-construction and fiascoes such as Las Olas Riverfront took the bloom off.

Fortunately, the city now seems headed in the right direction, and residents can help keep it that way by attending tomorrow's open house and communicating their wishes during the process that will continue into the fall.

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