by Michael C. Lowe | July 01, 2011

Local Update
In January, the city of Hollywood approved a 99-year lease for the $130 million, 349-room Margaritaville resort, to be built on a six-acre beachside plot. The 17-story hotel will feature 35,000 square feet of function space, a wave pool, restaurants and an entertainment venue. Construction is set to begin in November 2012.

The 600,000-square-foot Greater Fort Lauder­dale/Broward County Convention Center is undergoing a $3 million revamp that will en­able it to become LEED-certified by the end of this year. Plans include beginning a Renewable Energy Certificate purchasing program to keep 20,722,187 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale opened this past January with 236 guest rooms and suites. The property includes approximately 8,000 square feet of meeting space, two full-service restaurants and an infinity pool.

Greater Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2011 with events year-round at sites such as the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a 1920s estate that can be rented out for corporate events of up to 350 people. For a complete list of happenings around the area tied in to the centennial, visit

JetBlue recently added nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale from Los Angeles, while Condor began nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale to Frankfurt, Germany, in April. Last month, Spirit began flights to San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador in Central America.