Fort Lauderdale in beach mode
Fort Lauderdale beach visitors will soon see dramatic changes as they cross east over the Las Olas Boulevard bridge to the barrier island. Six major projects that have been debated for years are approved now. Together, they are expected to change the beachside parking layout significantly, add two park options for visitors who don’t want sand in their toes, and entice swimmers who prefer chlorine to salt. Some changes might not be embraced by all. For instance, the number of public parking spots in the Las Olas/State Road A1A area will be reduced. And a new garage is a two-block trek — with beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers — from the beach.