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Date of Issue: August 11, 2010

No action after shade meeting

The Bradenton Beach City Commission took no action following a “shade meeting” Aug. 3 to discuss a legal dispute with Island Inc.-Beach Development.

The shade meeting was provided for under Florida’s Sunshine Law, which allows certain parameters for closed meetings between the commission and its attorney to deal with pending litigation.

The Island Inc. case involves the proposed private development of what the city has designated as protected preservation land in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive.

The developer had sought to build residences on property that the city deemed preservation land. The dispute cycled through city and state reviews, and went to court, where the city won the first round but the developers won a second round. A judge eventually pushed both sides into mediation, which resulted in the developer’s offer to sell the property to the city for $600,000.

The city commission rejected that offer in February.

The commission took no action last week.