Judge invalidates plans for Fort Lauderdale Schlitterbahn while Premier Parks bids for property

Posted Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:54 AM | Contributed by Rihard

Plans for a major water park attraction were stopped Wednesday when a federal judge invalidated Fort Lauderdale’s agreement with the developer, Schlitterbahn. The city did not follow its own charter when it awarded the lease of city-owned property without seeking competitive bids for use of the property first, U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez ruled. Premier Parks LLC filed the suit.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:12 PM

Am I in the wrong to think that this sort of law wasn't meant to apply to something like the amusement biz? It's not very competitive as it is. In any case, couldn't they have suspended the rule to allow for a development that will obviously have a positive economic impact on the city?

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:26 PM

That's not the issue... it's that there was no competitive bidding for the lease. It could more of a positive impact if you shop it around.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 2:21 AM

Seems an odd kerfuffle for a city with such an impeccable history and lack of public corruption.

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Thursday, April 6, 2017 11:41 AM
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Thursday, April 6, 2017 2:22 AM

bjames said:
Am I in the wrong to think that this sort of law wasn't meant to apply to something like the amusement biz? It's not very competitive as it is.

It's certainly less so if your competition doesn't even get a chance

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