Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

About 100 citizen activists gathered in Fort Lauderdale in the rain Monday night for an open forum about quality of life issues and development. 

“We may be under water tonight, but I promise what you hear will not be watered down,” Stan Eichelbaum told the crowd under tents at the Historic Stranahan House Museum. 

 

Stranahan House
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

In Fort Lauderdale, how much to build – or not build – is a central question. It comes up regularly in public comment, city commission meetings and local government. 

While some people like the city's changing skyline, there are several citizens' groups that push back against the idea of over-development.

Ronald Centamore
Courtesy of Centamore's wife, Kim Centamore

Fort Lauderdale lost one of its most involved citizen activists this week. 

Ronald Centamore, known as "Ron The Cop" to many of his friends, died on Monday due to complications from bone cancer and heart failure. He was 71 years-old.