Fort Lauderdale Hollywood-Int'l Airport Hangar Plan on Hold

The Broward County Commission on Tuesday gave Sheltair Aviation five more months to get a loan to pay for an expansion at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood-International Airport.

The Fort Lauderdale company plans to add 17 hangars, a fueling station and 13,000 square feet of offices. Critics of the company's 30-year lease, which the commission awarded last year, warned that the company had not secured enough money for the project.

In other matters, the commission:

Discussed a committee's recommendation to renovate a warehouse at 1801 NW 64th St. in Fort Lauderdale for a Supervisor of Elections office. Commissioner Ben Graber advocated building a new headquarters at Pine Island and Griffin roads in Davie.

Agreed to consider changing the county's land-use plan to give cities more flexibility in redevelopment. The change would be a compromise between cities eager to jump-start redevelopment and county leaders anxious to ensure smart growth.

Discussed County Administrator Roger Desjarlais' decision to fire Port Everglades Director Ken Krauter and replace him temporarily with the county's director of real property, Debbie Bowers. County Commissioner John Rodstrom said he would prefer a national search for a new port director.

Discussed the Vision Broward plan put together with input from hundreds of business, community and government leaders. The plan calls for a regional marketing of South Florida, mass transit and affordable housing.

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