Ten years from now, the publicly owned Bahia Mar area, the centerpiece of FLIBS for nearly 60 years will be virtually unrecognizable. A large part of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place here and development plans unveiled early 2017, will undoubtedly have an impact on the world’s largest boat show.
Bahia Mar Redevelopment Plans
The Marine Industries Association of South Floria (MIASF), which owns FLIBS, extended its lease of the site through to 2050 and having worked closely with the development team, were pleased with the results in order to meet the ongoing needs of the show.
Bahia Mar’s redevelopment plan compromises of over 600 apartments in seven towers, restaurants and marine-related business space, a strip of low rise buildings – a marina village with kiosks, outdoor eating and a modernized marina with a public promenade around the water’s edge.
The existing hotel would eventually be replaced with a new 256-room hotel. The garage of which, would have 75,000 square feet that would be converted into convention space at boat show time. This means that exhibitors, rather than being housed in tents, will be in a space with permanent air conditioning and lightning.
Kobi Karp, a prominent Miami architect who designed the Bahia Mar remodel, said the towers are elevated four stories over an “open aperture,” allowing visitors to see the yachts and waterway from many vantage points. “You can have the experience of the water all the way around,” Karp said, “We are giving the land and its functions and uses to the community.”
The Bahia Mar plans have not been without controversy. Initially, the vision was for two 39-stpreu apartment buildings, turned down by the authorities was then reproposed as two 29-storey apartments. However, public outcry and lack of support from the boat show caused the withdrawal of this idea.
We look forward to watching this development progress.