Pier 66 to open water­front venue

Prop­erty, at 17th St. Cause­way, can be ac­cessed by foot, car or boat

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Brit­tany Wall­man South Flor­ida Sun Sen­tinel

FORT LAUD­ERDALE – An empty space along the pic­turesque In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way will be filled in with mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­ity ev­ery day of the year, un­der a newly ap­proved Pier 66 South pro­posal.

On the south side of the 17th Street Cause­way, site of the for­mer Sails Ma­rina, de­vel­oper Tav­i­s­tock De­vel­op­ment Co. will build a one-story, 5,000-square-foot, air-con­di­tioned build­ing with an in­door-out­door bar and seat­ing.

City com­mis­sion­ers voted Tues­day night to al­low the five-year, tem­po­rary and on­go­ing spe­cial event. Longer term, Tav­i­s­tock plans a ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment there and a ren­o­va­tion of the iconic Pier 66 Ho­tel & Ma­rina on the north side of the 17th Street Cause­way.

At the new water­front venue, vis­i­tors might find yoga, happy hours, brunches, farm­ers mar­kets, artis­tic dis­plays or mu­si­cal per­for­mances, a Tav­i­s­tock memo says. The zone might be re­served for a wed­ding or birth­day party. Food trucks will ro­tate ev­ery few weeks or months.

The prop­erty, at 2150 SE 17th St., can be ac­cessed by foot, car or boat.

Neigh­bors in the Har­bor In­let com­mu­nity said they suc­cess­fully sought pro­tec­tions, wor­ry­ing about loud mu­sic, and bois­ter­ous pa­trons, and traf­fic.

“I for one and many of my neigh­bors want this venue to suc­ceed,” res­i­dent Prab­hul­ing Pate said at a lengthy City Com­mis­sion dis­cus­sion of the ap­pli­ca­tion in De­cem­ber. “How­ever, no­body can pre­dict with cer­tainty the im­pact on Har­bor In­let.”

“We know that there’s a few res­i­dents in Har­bor In­let that would just pre­fer noth­ing be built,” Tav­i­s­tock lawyer-lob­by­ist Stephanie Toothaker said at the Dec. 18 meet­ing. “I get it. It’s been empty for a long time. Any­thing that’s there is go­ing to have an im­pact on the neigh­bor­hood. That’s just the re­al­ity.”

But she said there would be no loud con­certs or live bands, just maybe the oc­ca­sional “acous­ti­cal per­son singing Jimmy Buf­fet.” Tues­day, some res­i­dents praised Tav­i­s­tock rep­re­sen­ta­tives for work­ing with them to come to agree­ment.

Jessi Blak­ley, a Tav­i­s­tock se­nior di­rec­tor, said the com­pany hopes to open the new en­ter­tain­ment venue by the end of sum­mer, be­fore the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, which kicks off Oct 30.

The hours of ac­tiv­ity will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun­day through Thurs­day, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri­day and Satur­days, ac­cord­ing to what was ap­proved Tues­day.

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