POLL: Fort Lauderdale Residents Want New Lease For Bahia Mar Project

Fort Lauderdale residents want City Officials to consider a new long-term lease for the Bahia Mar project along the beach, a new poll finds. The survey of Fort Lauderdale District 2 voters showed strong support for moving forward with discussions with the leaseholder for Bahia Mar by an almost 2:1 margin. The issue will be discussed at City Of Fort Lauderdale Commission meeting on Tuesday.

A live operator survey of cellphones and landlines asked voters about discussions with the leaseholder for Bahia Mar.  The Listener Group poll found strong support for moving forward with a lease renegotiation.  Almost 40% of voters would like to move forward with discussions, a 2:1 margin over the 19.5% said there should be no action taken.   Another 19% of voters were undecided and 21% refused to give their opinion on this question.

Residents were asked about the redevelopment and renovation of city properties along the beach.  In the last decade, the city has created an Oceanfront Park and amphitheater at Las Olas and A1A, built a municipal garage at the Las Olas Marina, and moved forward with revitalizing the Swimming Hall of Fame.

The poll found 25.2% support the way the city has redeveloped the beach, with 14.8% opposing it.  Over half the voters were unsure or refused to answer.  According to The Listener Group, this finding is not unusual in an area with such a large population of relatively new voters who moved here within the last decade.


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Mayor Dean Trantalis Blames Dirty Waterways On Dog Poop & “Lazy Boaters” While Taking Big Bucks From Marina Company

As the City of Fort Lauderdale suffered through its seventh massive sewer line break, Tripp Scott, a law firm which lobbies in front of State and local governments, posted a sewer discussion with Mayor Dean Trantalis on its YouTube channel. After giving an update on the Rio Vista, Victoria Park and Coral Ridge sewer breaks, Trantalis revealed several factors polluting Fort Lauderdale waterways. Amazingly, Trantalis never mentioned the 126 million gallons of raw sewage the City pumped into the canals last December.

According to Trantalis, the cause of Fort Lauderdale’s polluted waterways are fertilizer run off, dog poop and lazy boaters. Trantalis said, “whether it’s liveaboards or lazy people who come in from a day’s tour out on the water, instead of using the discharge stations…they just dump in the water.”

If these boaters are truly responsible for making our waterways dangerous, one might think Dean Trantalis would be happy to rid the City of this filthy scourge.


In January 2019, Dean Trantalis’ campaign collected $10,000 from ten marinas located in California, Georgia, Maryland, Texas and Virginia. The Oak Bottom Marina website touts its large houseboat and slip rental business in Shasta, California. But houseboats are home to liveaboards, right Mayor Trantalis?

Why are ten out of state marinas giving maximum campaign contributions to Mayor Dean Trantalis?

The ten marinas are owned by Suntex Marinas of Dallas, Texas. Suntex Marinas owns and operates the Bahia Mar Marina on Fort Lauderdale beach.

In December 2017, Suntex Marinas won the bid the redevelop the Las Olas Marina for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Of course, this means more boats, right Dean?

Will Suntex Marinas build more discharge stations to capture these lazy boater “dumps.” Who will foot the bill?

Fort Lauderdale residents deserve answers, right Dean?