The project, to be built on city-owned land at the Intracoastal Waterway and the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge, would have cost taxpayers nothing in construction costs after a land-swap with a condo developer. But the three dissenting commissioners held out for another plan that promised to fill that same parking lot with condo towers and a supermarket.
That bridge-side lot, by the way, has remained empty. The commissioners traded a new world-class aquatic complex and hall of fame for a supermarket that never happened. And now we’ll have a cheapo replacement with an empty museum hall.
Perhaps, in tune with the new Ron Jon, the city should reach back into the city’s most notable contribution to American culture and convert that abandoned space to a Spring Break Hall of Fame. After all, legendary intercollegiate competitions were held at the Button and the Candy Store. World records were undoubted set along the rowdy Lauderdale strip in beer chugging and teeny bikini and wet T-shirt contests.
Nostalgic parents could bring their children to the International Spring Break Hall of Fame and show them photos and news clipping and videos and police arrest records from the Easter weekend when Momma bared it all and daddy chugged a beer in four seconds, all for their respective alma maters.
Fill the room with authentic, 1978 kegs and beer huggies. Build a replica of the old wooden bar at the Button.
Feature a dank Lauderdale beach hotel room with eight kids sharing two double beds.
I can tell you this, the wax figures adorned with an historic 1980 bikini exhibition will be a hell of the lot more alluring than that sad mannequins of Johnny Weissmuller.
I can guarantee, the ISBHOF will bust the ISHOF’s 12,000 annual attendance record, no sweat, and no need to pad the stats.