Bert Harris claims approach $30 million in Anna Maria

Anna Maria received 12 additional Bert Harris claims Nov. 16-18 to add to the pile of 74 claims.

Two new claims were submitted Nov. 16. One alleges $240,000 in lost value on behalf of owners Christopher and Catherine Hackney for their four-bedroom house at 157 Crescent Drive. Before adoption of the vacation rental ordinance, the short-term rental could accommodate 10 people, according to the claim.

Another claim was filed on behalf of Once Upon A Tide LLC for a property at 703 Fern St.

Three claims were submitted Nov. 17.

One, submitted on behalf of Bridgeview Properties LLC, alleges $635,000 in lost value. The claim states that prior to the VRO, the short-term rental could accommodate 14 guests in five bedrooms.

Another, on behalf of Bridgeview Vacations LLC alleges $745,000 in lost value. It states the home could accommodate 16 guests in six bedrooms before the VRO.

The Bridgeview claims are for two units at 832 S. Bay Blvd.

The third claim, submitted on behalf of owner Una Harris, alleges a five-bedroom property at 215 Magnolia Ave. lost $345,000 in value as a result of the VRO limiting the former 14 occupants to eight.

Another seven claims were submitted Nov. 18.

One claim on behalf of Three Gulls LLC alleges a five-bedroom property at 104 Palmetto Ave. lost $400,500 in value after the VRO limited the rental from 12 occupants.

A claim on behalf of Olga Alexander alleges a five-bedroom property at 207 Palm Ave. lost $300,000 after the rental was limited from 15 occupants to eight.

A claim for property at 423 Spring Ave. was submitted on behalf of 423 Spring Street LLC for an alleged $325,000 in lost value.

A claim for lost value of $200,000 for a property at 715 Holly Road was submitted on behalf of Alan and Ann Chappell.

Another for a property at 753 Jacaranda Road alleges owner Hull Speed LLC lost $345,000 in value after the VRO went into effect.

Two claims were submitted on behalf of Michael and Frieda Jaworski. The two claims are for two lots at 894 N. Shore Drive and allege that each lot lost $405,000 in value.

Anna Maria has received 86 claims totaling nearly $30 million in alleged losses since the April 1 adoption of the city’s vacation rental ordinance. Of those, 19 have yet to be responded to by the city, which has 150 days to respond to any claim filed with a “reasonable offer,” or risk the claim going to court.

The earliest claims, filed April 27, had response deadlines for settlement offers from the city of Nov. 23.

The Bert Harris Jr. Private Property Protection Act of 1995 allows property owners to seek monetary relief if they can prove a government action lowered the value of their property.

Anna Maria’s VRO limits short-term rental homes to an eight-person occupancy. Soon after its adoption, property owners began filing claims, alleging financial losses as a result of the city restrictions.

2 thoughts on “Bert Harris claims approach $30 million in Anna Maria

  1. Marti Blauvelt

    Seems to me, there should be a time limit put on these claims. If not, this could go on for a heck of a long time. When someone thinks they could loose rental income, boon, let’s file a “Bert Harris” Claim. Pretty soon the entire island will be in debt and then what will happen? Everyone will wonder what happened. DAH!

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  2. Marti Blauvelt

    Seems to me, there should be some time limit put on these claims. If not, this could go on for a heck of a long time. When someone thinks they could loose rental income, boom, let’s file a “Burt Harris” claim. Pretty soon the entire island will be in debt and then what will happen??? Give it a break people!!!

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