Broward County commissioners will help determine the fate of a prime piece of beachfront land.
The property is the Pompano Beach pier parking lot. The city and its Community Redevelopment Agency propose a commercial complex, including a hotel, on the public land. The County Commission must first change the land use designation on the 5.4 acres from recreation and open space to commercial.
Commissioners will vote tomorrow to set a Jan. 28 public hearing.
This piece of land has a past steeped in controversy, when the public furiously – and successfully — sought to protect it from private development into condos.
As a result of that citizen activism, Pompano’s charter has specific language protecting that public land and another beachside public parking lot from private use.