Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Thursday, Oct, 23, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: September 14, 2006

Gulffront project off to DCA for review, comment

State officials will get the next crack at a pair of duplexes that developers have been trying to build for the past six years in Bradenton Beach.

Bradenton Beach city commissioners last week agreed to the transmittal of the data, exhibits and meeting minutes of the Island Inc. and Beach Development Inc. proposed projects to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for that agency’s comments before making their own decision on whether or not to permit the duplexes.

The proposed duplexes, at 1402 and 1404 Gulf Drive on the Gulf of Mexico, require a large-scale comprehensive plan amendment before construction can begin.

City planning commissioners recommended the city commission deny the construction July 11.

It has been a "long and winding road" for the proposed development, as attorney Steve Thompson for the developers put it.

The project is located across the street from the Bermuda Bay condominium development. Developers first appeared before Bradenton Beach officials in 2000 to request rezoning of the property. They claimed at that time that a scrivener’s error had the property zoned as preservation within the city’s comprehensive plan. The comp plan also stated that the area consists of special soils that should preclude development of any structures.

Planning commissioners at the time recommended approval of the project to the city commission, which rejected the request. The developers took the matter to court, where a circuit court judge upheld the city’s denial. On appeal, though, the matter was reversed and the city was ordered to allow the original request, which was a small-scale comprehensive plan amendment.

However, when the change was forwarded to the DCA for final ratification, the agency determined the matter was not at all a small comp-plan amendment, but a large-scale amendment.

DCA officials ordered the whole process to begin again.

Last week, Thompson and other consultants offered a full-scale presentation as to the merits of the large-scale plan amendment for the property. He pointed out that similar properties in nearby areas along the beach had been granted building permits.

Land-use planner Jim Farr said that he believed the preservation designation on the city’s land-use map for the property was a "scrivener’s error" dating back to 1989, when the comp plan was approved. He also raised the question of inconsistency by the city in granting other project approvals yet denying the Island Inc.-Beach Development Inc. request to build.

Environmental consultant Jeff Churchill said that the proposed duplex site has "nothing unique" about it, either through topography, vegetation or for any water recharge zone.

Resident Tirso Garcia, who owns a unit at Bermuda Bay, said he was told when he bought his condominium that the property across the street - site of the proposed duplexes - was zoned conservation and would never been built upon "and I paid a premium for my property."

Resident Rick Skerrett also urged denial of the project, citing the area as a buffer from the Gulf to other properties east of Gulf Drive.

Resident John Kidd said the site should be retained as open space because it serves as a sea turtle nesting site.

Resident Tom Fellner, who lives in Bermuda Bay, also argued for denial of the development. "I would not have bought if I knew someone could have built in front of me," he said.

Some of the officers of the two corporations seeking to build on the beach are the same persons who developed Bermuda Bay.

City commissioners unanimously approved sending the package of documents regarding the project to DCA. A response from the state is expected to take at least two months. City commissioners will then hold more public hearings on the matter before making a decision.

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander