New activist group, ‘FLOPS!,’ targets Fort Lauderdale development

New activist group, ‘FLOPS!,’ targets Fort Lauderdale development

New activist group, ‘FLOPS!,’ targets Fort Lauderdale development

Buoyed by the success of public activism in killing the Wave streetcar, a new group is seeking reforms in how Fort Lauderdale handles new development.

The organization, “FLOPS!” — for Fort Lauderdale On Public Safety — aims at Fort Lauderdale’s public safety shortfalls when approving development.

“The whole city is for it,” the group’s leader, Stan Eichelbaum, said. “Every civic association I talk to, every group.”

Eichelbaum, a downtown civic association leader, said the group has 30 to 40 members. They’re activists, professional planners, lawyers, realtors, financial analysts, engineers and transportation planners, he said.

It is an offshoot of the group FLAW, Fort Lauderdale Against the Wave, which helped kill the long-planned downtown streetcar project earlier this year.

Until recent years, Fort Lauderdale’s downtown had little activist presence. But it evolved in recent years, thanks to a wave of high-rise apartment and condo construction.

The new group planned to launch Monday night at the city’s Planning and Zoning Board meeting.

Some issues FLOPS! will focus on: wind tunnels downtown as a result of high-rise construction, availability of infrastructure to handle the new buildings and residents, and emergency medical response now that city commissioners delayed funding for an EMS substation.

Brittany Wallman can be reached at bwallman@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4541. Find her on Twitter @BrittanyWallman.

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