Bahia Mar, Part 1: Surprise and disappointment
Developers want us to sign a 100-year lease on our prime oceanfront/waterfront property, Bahia Mar. One of the key inducements they are using is the promise of a "waterfront park" overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
Recently I went to City Hall and examined the site plans for that park. Because Bahia Mar belongs to "us" ... the city ... and because it is a "Grade A Prime" piece of land, we need to be ultra careful about what we do with it. I was surprised and disappointed by what I saw. — Cal Deal, 6/14/11
NOTE: CLICK ON IMAGES TO SEE BLOWUPS!
Nearly four acres of the park is GONE!!!
Last year, negotiations were conducted to overcome the objections of Idlewyld residents who didn't want big towers and a parking garage mucking up their pretty view. Two of the towers disappeared, as did the garage... but so did most of our park!!!!
Prior to those negotiations, the park was said to be a large 4.5 acres and sat atop the garage, offering a nice view of the water. Today the park is a shrunken 0.8 acres (115 x 300 feet) next to a surface parking lot. Almost four acres of park gone!
|The city loses nearly 4 acres of waterfront park for the 14 homes on Idlewyld Drive that face Bahia Mar? (Click for blowup)|
Developers' rendering of the park
A portion of the park as it was
Bahia Mar (in the 1950s?)
SOURCE: Broward County Historical Commission
Park can be closed about 1 month a year
Plants cover much of the park
What the Charter says:
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