Two days after Holmes Beach commissioners approved a petition for Richard Hazen and Lyn Tran to pursue public support for a special ordinance to keep a tree house at 103 29th Street on June 11, the city amended its April notice of violation to include more complaints.
The tree house was constructed in 2011 in an Australian pine tree. Tran said she approached then-building official Bob Shaffer and received verbal permission to build the structure.
Holmes Beach code enforcement became involved after a complaint was made and determined the structure violated setbacks and other city rules. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection then noted the tree house was built seaward of the coastal construction line.
The matter was scheduled to go before the code enforcement board June 20, but the hearing was postponed to allow the petition process to move forward.
If Hazen and Tran can garner 10 percent of Holmes Beach registered voters, the commission will be required to vote on a special ordinance to allow the tree house. If the vote fails, the issue would be put to voters in a referendum.
However, the June 13 letter from the city to Hazen and Tran outlines further violations.
A survey of the property conducted April 27, after the original notice of violation, reports that the tree house “and other parts of the property are partially located on the 29th Street public right of way” and, in the platted alley located in block 38 of the Ilexhurst subdivision.
The letter states there is no record of either location having been vacated.
“As a consequence, please be advised that the property … is in violation” of four land development codes. The June 13 notice gives the owners five days to respond.
Building official Tom O’Brien said June 21 that the owners of Angelinos Sea Lodge responded in the given time, however, he said “the code enforcement process will continue and there will likely be another code enforcement hearing scheduled in the future.”