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Date of Issue: February 01, 2007

Roser Cottage now Roser sales 'cottage'

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The Roser Cottage at 107 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria is now a real estate office for Barbara Sato under a plan approved by the Anna Maria planning and zoning board and passed by the city commission at its Jan. 24 meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The owner of the Roser Cottage on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria plans to convert the nearly 100-year-old structure into a real estate office after an apparent unsuccessful effort the past two years to sell the property as a residence.

Owner Jacob Martin's preliminary site plan to convert the property use gained approval from the planning and zoning board Jan. 22 and the city commission gave final approval to the plan at its Jan. 24 meeting.

By Friday, Jan. 26, Sato Real Estate Inc. was open for business in Roser Cottage, to the relief of Barbara Sato, broker, who anxiously awaited the approval.

Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing Martin, said there would be no exterior changes to the cottage.

"The applicant will maintain this historic structure" that is a great asset for a "walking community," Rudacille told the board.

The board unanimously agreed to the preliminary site plan along with a variance request to build a handicap access ramp outside the building.

In other P&Z matters, the board changed its regular meeting dates from the third Monday of every month to the second Tuesday of every month. The next P&Z meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Holmes Beach commission chambers.