The Town's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) highlights the major projects identified by the Town Commission and staff as needing to be completed over the next five years. The most common examples of capital projects, often referred to as infrastructure, include road, park and drainage improvements, sewer system upgrades, building maintenance or any other project involving either new construction or the expansion, renovation or replacement of existing Town structures or facilities.

Capital Improvement projects help keep the Town operating efficiently by either maintaining or improving the quality-of-life for Town residents, visitors and business owners. In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, CIP projects can range in cost from $10,000 to several million dollars. All CIP projects are funded through the Town's Capital Improvement Plan Budget, which is approved by the Town Commission as part of its annual budget in September. A Capital Improvement project upgrades or creates a Town capital asset. A Public Works truck is considered a capital asset; so is a new building or structure, such as our downtown bathrooms. As such, they differ from a routine operating expense, such as paying a light bill or salaries for Town employees.

Coral Reef SculpturePerhaps the Town's biggest CIP project occurred in 2012, when the Town made significant plaza, drainage, parking, and landscape improvements along Commercial Boulevard between the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, including the 18-foot coral reef entryway sculpture (see photos). The $6 million award-winning streetscape project was credited with helping to revitalize Anglin's Square, our oceanfront entertainment district, as well as the business plazas west of State Road A1A.

Bel-Air Seawall$366,678
Beach Renourishment$116,667
Canal Dredging (Phase 2)$75,000
Downtown Enhancement Project$2 million
Friedt Family Park Playground Improvements$700,000
Pedestrian Amenities$75,000
Stormwater Rate Study$65,000
75th Anniversary Art Installation$125,000
El Mar Drive Paving/Bollards$300,000
Traffic Calming Project$150,000
Opticom Emergency Vehicle System$75,000
FY 2024 CIP Projected Total$4,048,345

Bel-Air Seawall                                                                     


The seawall is past its useful life and has begun to fail. This will replace the existing wall and bring it into compliance with Broward County standards for raising seawall elevation due to sea level rise. This project will be a cost share between the Town and two other properties.

Beach Renourishment


This is the first of three payments due to Broward County for beach renourishment.

Click here for more info on the beach renourishment project.

Canal Dredging (Phase 2)


Phase 2 of the canal dredging project is addresses the remaining part of the canal that requires sediment removal. This is the second year of a two-year project.


Downtown Enhancement Project

$2 million

This project includes enhancement of the existing downtown area to provide expanded outdoor seating and sidewalks, and new lighting and landscaping. This is a continuation of the project that was initiated in FY 2023 and is anticipated to be completed in November 2023.

Click here for more info on the Downtown Enhancement Project.


Friedt Family Park Playground Improvement


The Friedt Family Park playground has not been improved since 2014. The playground is being improved because equipment is deteriorating due to age and the environment, shade is limited, and the park does not meet current ADA requirements for play surfaces.

Pedestrian Amenities


The Town completed a pedestrian study in 2020 that highlighted areas where pedestrian infrastructure could be improved to enhance the pedestrian experience. During FY24, we will continue to focus on improving crosswalks.


Stormwater Rate Study


The Storm Water Master Plan laid out approximately $20 million in storm water improvements over the next 20 years. Staff recommends completing a rate study in order to determine whether a storm water fee should be used to help offset these costs.


75th Anniversary Art Installation


This commemorative art piece will celebrate the Town's 75th anniversary.


El Mar Drive Paving/Bollards


Following the completion of the Downtown Enhancement Project, portions of El Mar Drive, from the south alley to the noth alley, and Commercial Boulevard, from A1A to El Mar Drive, will be paved. Removable traffic-rated bollard systems will also be installed to allow various segments of both roadways to be closed down easily during events.

Traffic Calming Project


The Town has received requests to review additional traffic calming measures throughout the community. This funding will be reserved for studies related to traffic calming and traffic calming improvements.

Opticom Emergency Vehicle System


This allows emergency vehicles to change the traffic signals in order to more safely and efficiently traverse the roadway when responding to a call or taking a patient to the hospital.