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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Sandbar site plan

Anna Maria's planning and zoning board will take up the issue of the Sandbar restaurant site plan again at its March 21 meeting.

The Sandbar's site plan was originally presented in February to the board, but the consensus was to have a professional planner review the application for consistency with the city's comprehensive plan and land development codes.

The P&Z has already approved a recommendation to the city commission that it exchange an alleyway with the Sandbar to allow the restaurant to build rest rooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. That "swap," however, is contingent upon approval of the site plan for construction of the rest rooms.

Sandbar owner Ed Chiles has offered to exchange an alley he owns with that of the city's in the "swap." In addition, Chiles will construct drainage improvements at the Sandbar parking lot and pave a walkway across the alley for people with disabilities to reach the restaurant without discomfort.

Chiles has withdrawn his proposal in the site plan to build a pavilion for special events, and recently bought the Island's End Restaurant to ensure he meets parking requirements at the Sandbar.