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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Kabris sells controversial Holmes Beach property

It's likely that Holmes Beach won't have to contend with a lawsuit filed last year by Patrick Kabris over the city commission's denial of a zoning change request for his property at 101 75th St.

That's because Kabris and wife Angela sold the property Jan. 21 to William and Margaret Robinson of Bradenton for $2.369 million, according to Manatee County property records.

Kabris had requested a zoning change to accommodate a duplex for that portion of his property zoned Recreation-1. The zoning change would have allowed him to construct up to two duplexes on the site, when combined with his existing property. But the commission turned down the request and he subsequently filed a legal action against the commission.

Efforts to reach Kabris for comment on the sale were unsuccessful.

Robinson and his family are Manatee natives and were formerly in the sporting goods business. Two years ago, the Robinsons sold some 375 acres they owned in northwest Bradenton to Manatee County for a nature preserve and park rather than developing the property for single-family homes. Robinson is developing a golf course adjacent to the preserve.

Efforts to reach Robinson for comment about the future of the Holmes Beach property were unsuccessful.

The R-1 zoning allows the property to be developed as a clubhouse for a condominium or homeowner's association where food and alcohol could be served to members.