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Date of Issue: June 08, 2006

Boatel project dropped in Bradenton Beach

A proposed "hotel for boaters" at the Bradenton Beach Marina has been dropped.

Marina owner Allan Bazzy withdrew his major development application last week that was scheduled for review by the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board. He had proposed a 12-unit boat-oriented motel at 208 and 201 Bay Drive on property adjacent to the marina, which is located just south of the Cortez Bridge abuting Anna Maria Sound.

Building Official Ed Mc Adam had offered 10 comments to board members based on previous meetings and questions raised about myriad issues: Signage, lighting, noise, site enhancements, setbacks, traffic, on-site stormwater retention, parking, density and eventual use of the proposed units.

Key elements addressed by Mc Adam pertained to stormwater runoff and the need for an extensive management plan for the boatel project. He also raised questions regarding the number of boats, trailers and vehicles that could utilize the parking area.

Density was also a sticking point in Mc Adam's presentation. The proposed boatel property consists of two 50-by-100-foot lots. Zoning there requires more than 29,000 square feet for the 12-unit resort, about three times the available space.

Mc Adam also noted that at 1,174 square feet per boatel unit, "It appears that the boatel qualifies as a multi-family condominium."

"We'll just withdraw," Bazzy said to the issues raised. "Let's make it an early evening."

The board accepted Bazzy's request to withdraw the major development request and, indeed, made it an early evening.