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Wednesday September 24, 2003
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Holmes Beach site plan reviews delayed pending public notice

The Holmes Beach City Commission bumped three site plan reviews from its September meeting agenda following a recommendation from its law firm to treat all site plan reviews as quasi-judicial.

Three plans will now be reviewed in a special public hearing to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.

One of the three site plans to be reviewed is for an addition to the Key Royale Club, a separate building to house hand-drawn golf carts and some motorized carts on the southeast side of the clubhouse on Hampshire Lane.

Residents of Hampshire Lane are contesting the location of the addition and attorney Peter Kelly appeared on behalf of residents Charles and Lynn MacIver and Joyce Rocco.

Kelly has cited traffic accessways, circulation and parking and good design standards as the key flaws in the proposed development.

Residents of Hampshire Lane say golf club members bypass the ample parking lot and park along the roadside - closer to the present cart storage area in the same vicinity of the proposed expansion - blocking access to their homes on what they believe is already a narrow road.

To help alleviate traffic concerns, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine placed three "no parking this side of street" signs on Hampshire Lane adjacent to the club.

Also postponed were two site plan reviews for Frank Davis which would allow him to move a three-bedroom house from 5622 Gulf Drive to 5626 Gulf Drive, the location of the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast Inn. The second site-plan review is for a four-unit condominium at 5622 Gulf Drive, the present site of the single-family home that is proposed to be moved.

Neighboring property owners of a duplex at 5620 Gulf Drive, Ruthanne McLean and Barbara Coloney, have hired Miami land-use attorney John Shubin to oppose the condo development.

Their lawsuit alleges that the city did not properly notify neighboring property owners of the variance hearings, which consequently gave Davis height and setback variances to build the four-unit condominium.

They also plan to object to the proposal for a four-unit condo to replace the home, and further contend that if the present home is removed from the site, the lot will be rendered unbuildable because the frontage on the lot is below the minimum required footage.

The recommendation from the city's attorney, Pat Petruff, meant the city had to publish public notice 15 days prior to the review and provide notice to all parties within 300 feet of the subject property.

With that accomplished, the public hearing dates were set for the three site-plan reviews.




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