The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will vote tonight on whether to allow a nearly 100-year-old tree to be moved so a developer can build a 960-unit apartment complex called Marina Lofts on the New River. The site is west of the Broward County Jail and the Downtowner saloon, near the Pirate Republic restaurant. The complex has been designed with one 33-story tower and two 28-story towers.
An agenda released last week show that the votes regarding Marina Lofts are the last things scheduled for today's 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The agenda item has two parts -- one vote on whether to allow the move of the tree and another to allow the building. Anyone who wants to speak regarding the second item "must be sworn in," the agenda reads. Otherwise, commenters should get three minutes, an assistant in Mayor Jack Seiler's office said Monday.
Here are five reasons why the commission should nix the project: