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Fort Lauderdale Waterpark Expected To Get The Go-Ahead, Officials Believe

Fort Lauderdale officials think they've finally gotten through the last of the hurdles to get a $110 million waterpark up and running nearby the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport..

They're so enthusiastic, in fact, that they've met all the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations and concerns, that they're expecting to get the go-ahead any day now.

Once that goes down, the park people can then start ironing out the final local regulations to get the sucker up and running.

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A deal to build a Schlitterbahn Waterpark has been in place for three years now, but has been held up by the FAA's concerns.

It would be the first big-tme water park in Broward County since Six Flags Atlantis was the place to go get your waterslide on (remember that place?). The closest park to us now us Rapids in Riviera Beach. So, this is kind of a big deal.

The park is expected to be built where Ft. Lauderdale stadium is now. The old spring training home of the Yankees and Orioles would be taken down, while nearby Lockhart Stadium would stay put and might even be renovated to become a part of the waterpark.

There are plans to have some of the water rides to go underneath the stadium's bleachers, which would be something.

Joe Cerrone, president of Recreational Design & Construction, tells the Sun-Sentinel the park is going to have a rugged, rustic look on the outside, while on the inside it'll be a "four-star resort."

"It's the entire experience. It's really going to be a water park that they've never seen before," Cerrone said.

Officials are expecting the go-ahead from the FAA soon, and are hopeful it'll be sometime this month.

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