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Tonight: Fort Lauderdale Votes on New Aquatic Complex (UPDATED)

UPDATE: At the end of tonight's meeting Fort Lauderdale commissioners postponed the decision on the aquatic center, again, until March 17. They are taking this time to review RDC's cost increases because City Attorney Cynthia Everett says she does not see anything in the city's contract with the contractor that allows for price increases due to delays.

Tonight, Fort Lauderdale commissioners will officially decide whether to move forward with a proposed multimillion-dollar aquatic center that would replace the city's aging aquatics complex.

The proposed development is slated to include two olympic-sized pools, dive facilities, and a parking garage and is part of a major set of projects that will transform Fort Lauderdale Beach into "Aquatic City USA."

The aquatic center's overhaul has been in the works for years — and plagued by problems. An inspector general's report found in 2013 that the city had "engaged in misconduct" when it awarded the contract to the builder. Critics of the plan have called it "a debacle" and the head of the city's Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board voted against it.

Still, city officials are touting the project, and it looks likely to proceed.