In late August, the Broward County Commission approved construction of a 500-room, $63 million Crown Plaza Hotel to be built adjacent to the Greater Fort Lauderdale (FL)/Broward County Convention Center. Construction begins in this month and is scheduled to open in time for Superbowl XXXIII in 1999, which will take place in South Florida. Of note: this is the first major hotel to be built by an African-American developer. Crowne Plaza is also moving in to the fast-growing city of Elgin, IL. ...

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