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Here's A Look At The Bahia Mar Plan Just Approved By Fort Lauderdale's Planning And Zoning Board

The Bahia Mar transformation and its Intracoastal promenade are one step closer to becoming reality. 

The city of Fort Lauderdale's Planning and Zoning Board approved redevelopment plans for the Bahia Mar resort and marina Thursday by a 6-2 vote. Next, the city commission will consider its lease with the Bahia Mar property's owners during a vote on Jan. 20.

Hoping to turn the area into a year-round waterfront destination, developers plan to put up two 39-story residential towers and build a public promenade on the Intracoastal Waterway.

While some residents have expressed concerns about the height of the 400-foot towers, as the Sun Sentinel notes, the board ultimately voted in favor of the plans.

"What we're doing for the boat show and the marine industry and the community far outweighed the few concerns about the [towers'] height," said Jimmy Tate, president of Tate Capital, which is part of the real estate group aiming to redevelop Bahia Mar.

Plans also call for three signature restaurants; a specialty grocery store (a response to requests from community representatives); an open-air Marina Village for shopping; and Water Taxi service, free trolley stops, bike racks and other transportation options to reduce local traffic.

"This has been a collaborative effort. We didn't just do this overnight. We've met with all the communities," Tate said, calling the plan a true private-public partnership.

For instance, Bahia Mar will be donating some of its marina slips to fire rescue and police and will also offer a shuttle service, according to Tate.

See renderings of the Bahia Mar plans below:

The Bahia Mar Plan

The hotel's ground-level would include a restaurant and patio open to pedestrians along A1A, as well as a 25,000- to 30,000-square-foot specialty market.

The Bahia Mar Plan

This condo tower would offer a second-floor restaurant overlooking the marina to the west and the ocean to the east.

The Bahia Mar Plan

The Marina Village would have permanent kiosks for small retailers.

The Bahia Mar Plan

A half-mile-long pedestrian walkway would run along the perimeter of the property and could extend to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, stretching over a mile in total. The hope is to someday extend it all the way to Las Olas Boulevard.