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Date of Issue: January 28, 2009

Commissioners to discuss rental restrictions

The Holmes Beach City Commission was scheduled Jan. 27 to take up discussion of a rental restriction passed more than a year ago but still generating controversy.

The restriction was adopted when the city updated its land-development code with a minimum 30-day rental restriction in low-density, single-family residential zones known as R-1.

There are pockets of R-1 zoning around Holmes Beach, but the bulk of R-1 is from 66th Street north to the city limits and east of Marina Drive. A 30-day restriction also applies in Key Royale, zoned R-1AA.

The rental restriction rule, also part of the proposed comprehensive plan amendments under consideration by the city that has passed a preliminary state review, changed the minimum from seven days to 30 days, although it allows for a phasing out of seven-day rentals over 10 years.

Elsewhere in the city in areas zoned R-2, R-3 and R-4, a seven-day minimum is the rule.

Last fall, some representatives from the real estate community asked commissioners to revisit the restriction.

The topic is on the commission’s work session that begins at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Other items on the agenda for the meeting, which took place after The Islander’s deadline this week, include:

• A public hearing on a proposed ordinance vacating and closing a portion of a 10-foot-wide alley. Fred and Susan Bartizal requested the vacation.

• A proposal from public works superintendent Joe Duennes that the commission approve extending the Palma Sola Scenic Highway on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue from East Bay Drive to the Manatee Public Beach.

• A proposed authorization for the mayor to sign a contract for the purchase of residential property that the Federal Emergency Management Agency put into its severe repetitive flood-loss management program. FEMA is providing a grant of about $800,000 to turn a home on Holmes Boulevard into a city greenspace.