Fort Lauderdale beach's uncertain futureIn an op-ed piece featured in the Sun Sentinel, Gunster attorney Heidi Davis Knapik deliberates the implications if the City Commission decides not to request additional density for residential units and increased intensity for peak-hour vehicle trips. These entitlements set in the 80’s were included in the plan to revive and rehab the 121-acre Fort Lauderdale beach area. A decision to keep these entitlements would ultimately limit the further development of Fort Lauderdale’s beaches and would prevent the city from granting permits once beach densities and intensities are tapped out. Currently, the beaches and surrounding businesses are thriving and are positioning Fort Lauderdale as a world-class destination. Davis Knapik suggests that without future investment and development the area will become stagnant.

Davis Knapik is based out of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office and is a member of the firm’s environmental & land use team. Davis Knapik brings deep and broad experience from over 20 years of solving complex land use, zoning and development issues. She has acted as land use counsel on some of the most significant projects throughout Broward County, and manages the entire public hearing and development permitting process.

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