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HB building official’s property plan approval delayed

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer went to the podium Aug. 14 as the owner of commercial property looking to build offices and a warehouse on Avenue C, but city attorney Patricia Petruff directed a new procedure.

According to Petruff, a public hearing must be held, and it must be properly noticed.

City clerk Stacey Johnston said Shaffer’s request will be as an applicant. Shaffer will follow an application procedure in which he publishes notice and sends letters by certified mail to neighboring property owners, she said.

Shaffer and Luigi Libischino of New Jersey are partners in Bode LLC, which owns vacant property in the Commercial-3 zone at 3004 Avenue C. They propose a two-story, 7,000-square-foot building.

Petruff said public works superintendent Joe Duennes should present the application and site plan and advise the commission as to its compliance to the land-development code, including the parking, landscaping and setbacks.

Proposed is a project by FHM Construction in conjunction with professional engineer/designer Tony Melia.

Petruff said an ethical wall needs to be created to avoid a potential conflict of interest due to Shaffer’s position as building inspector.

In other business, the commission unanimously approved:

• A resolution authorizing Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., to honor checks when signed by the mayor or deputy mayor and countersigned by the city clerk or city treasurer. It also authorized the new city treasurer Lori Hill as a signer.

•A $66,640 low-bid contract with Gator Grading & Paving LLC for the city’s 2012 resurfacing project, including 14 locations and 200 tons of asphalt.

At the work session, commissioners heard a request from Eric Craig of Waterway Boat Liftcovers to allow canopies for boat lifts.

Craig proposed the city consider amending its code to allow for canopies designed to protect boats from damage by the sun and weather.

According to Commission Chair David Zaccagnino, the city had considered boat canopies but commissioners rejected them due to the “skinny canals.” The mayor also noted hurricane-wind concerns.

Craig said height limits and aluminum could be incorporated into the lift designs to address such issues.

Zaccagnino said the city would look into Craig’s proposal.

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