in the summer of 1971, the Fort Lauderdale-Airport location featured
80 rooms in traditional two-story allbeit flat roofed Motor Lodge
the later 1980s, its Restaurant operated as Mr. Brodie's Steak &
Ribs -- at least for a time. The Motor Lodge lost its Howard Johnson
status in 1992. Bob Venditti said that the redesign of I-95 and
its interchange with SR 84 "effectively placed this property
into a hole on a dead-end street."
speculated that the former Motor Lodge may have been slated for
conversion into a Super 8 Motel based on its sign, but instead became
the unbranded Budget Inn (perhaps it operated as a Super 8 Motel
and then became unbranded?). Venditti added that, cut off from the
main flow of traffic, its fortunes faltered and the site's owner
had wanted to revitalize the place by converting it into a center
for the homeless, but that its neighbors squelched the plan.
the time Mr. Venditti arrived at the scene, the entire complex had
been fenced off and plastered with threatening No Trespassing signs
(BTW, trespassing is a felony in Florida). Frustratingly he was
unable to get any revealing shots of the site, and not long after
his visit, the whole place was leveled.