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Date of Issue: March 30, 2006

Marina, Gulffront development, dock on Bradenton Beach P&Z agenda

A plateful of controversial issues could be in front of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board Tuesday, April 4.

Bradenton Beach Marina owner Allan Bazzy is requesting a major development within a planned unit development to create a 12-unit "boatel," or motel for boaters docking at the commercially zoned marina, which is just south of the Cortez Bridge on Anna Maria Sound. The motel units are proposed to be one bedroom with a living room area, kitchen and bath, and the motel will replace the present storage building at the marina.

Island Inc./Beach Development Inc., 1402 and 1404 Gulf Drive N., across the street from Bermuda Bay, is requesting a comprehensive plan change for a large scale development. The city commission had rejected development of the Gulffront property six years ago, but subsequent court rulings reversed the city’s denial and orders came through to proceed with two planned duplexes, as envisioned by the developer.

There is also a major development application with a special exception on the table for the Sandpiper Resort, 2601 Gulf Drive N. The co-op complex, a resident-owned mobile home park, wants to build a 25-slip dock in Anna Maria Sound.

The planning and zoning board meeting will be held at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., beginning at 5 p.m. April 4.