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Date of Issue: December 08, 2005

Bradenton Beach condo project permit lapses: Next ... ?

Building permits for one of the more luxurious of Bradenton Beach's proposed condo projects have expired.

Rosa Del Mar, 2510 Gulf Drive, has removed its construction trailer from the site in the wake of a letter from the city calling the proposed 14-unit condominium project "null and void' due to lack of activity on the site for more than a year.

According to an Oct. 11, 2005, letter to developer GSR Development Principal Steve Noriega from Building Official Ed Mc Adam, the Gulffront development was issued a building permit Aug. 2, 2004. No "permanent construction occurred" since than date, hence the retirement of the one-year-long building permit without some form of construction on the site.

"We intend to re-apply to the city and should be out of the ground within 30 days," said Noriega. "We will have to re-submit our application to the city, and I hope we won't have to pay the permit fees again, but we may have to be at their mercy."

Mayor John Chappie said that any application would undoubtedly have to come before the city commission for review "and, as a commission, we will address it."

Permit fees for the project were $122,000.

Mc Adam's letter to GSR advised that the construction trailer on the site should be removed by the end of October - it is currently off-site - and that soil on the property should be restored to its original location by mid-November.

The soil was stockpiled toward the beach-end of the property when the site was cleared for pre-construction in 2004. No soil replacement has yet taken place.

Noriega and GSR Development LLC partner Robert Byrnes set an Island record in June 2003 with the price paid for the 1.2-acre property at $7.9 million. The land had held four structures, including three small resort motels.

Original plans for the condo project as approved by the city's planning and zoning board in late August 2003 called for 14 units in two buildings. Sale price at the time per unit was stated between $1.5 million and $1.7 million.