Broward News

Marina Lofts Wins Approval; Rain Tree Will Be Moved

Sorry, Egypt. The "eyes of the world [were] on Fort Lauderdale" last night.

At least, that's what Marina Lofts developer Asi Cymbal said without the slightest hint of irony before a packed house at a Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting Wednesday. The commission, voting on the relocation of a century-old African rain tree and on a massive Marina Lofts apartment complex designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels on the south side of New River, approved both measures: the tree move with a 3-1 vote and the larger project unanimously.

The meeting, which ran later than 3 a.m., was a marathon of contentious back-and-forth. It started with a presentation by Cymbal Development's team of yuppies, followed by statements from the public.

See also: -- Five Reasons Marina Lofts Should Be Nixed

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