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Date of Issue: June 08, 2006

Sandbar site plan objections raised

A last-minute objection to the Sandbar Restaurant's final site plan has been raised by none other than the Sandbar's landlord.

Anthony and Carmen Manali own two parking lots the restaurant has utilized for parking for many years at 107 Spring Lane in Anna Maria.

The Manalis said in a letter from attorney George Harrison that the shell the Sandbar uses in the parking lots gets crushed "into a very fine condition," which causes water to run off onto the adjacent property where they reside, rather than being absorbed into the ground.

The Manalis claim they frequently have had stormwater back up into their home from the two parking lots that the Sandbar leases from them.

The Manalis object to the site plan "unless it is amended to require that the shell in the area be removed and replaced with large gravel, pavers, or small stones" that will allow stormwater to drain through the surface and not onto their property.

As owners of the parking lots, they "do not approve of the plan as submitted," noting that they have advised the city and the Sandbar of the stormwater-runoff problem on many occasions during the past few years.

The Manalis also noted that the Sandbar's lease of the two lots states that "no alterations or improvements to the premises may be made" without their written consent. They object to placing retention areas or swales upon the property for retention of water "other than those that presently exist."

The site plan "should not be approved" unless they give written consent, the Manalis concluded.

The city commission is scheduled to hold the final hearing on the Sandbar's site plan at its June 29 meeting.