BELLEAIR BLUFFS -- After much discussion and fits and starts over the years, a development project took a big step forward at the workshop meeting of the Belleair Beach City Commission Monday night.
Chairman Alan Simpson of the city's Planning Board recommended to the commission that the project, now called Belleair Bluffs Condominiums, be given approval subject to informing the county that there are possible drainage problems on the property, which is located adjacent (south of) to Albertson's.
Mayor Chris Arbutine wanted to make an iron clad protection for the city against any future drainage problems by having a personal guarantee from the builders/developers.
Tom Trask, assistant city attorney, put the kibosh on that idea by pointing out that if the builder/developer meets all code requirements the law is satisfied.
As it is, the county will be on notice as to the particular problem and Belleair Bluffs will give official approval.
Commissioner Bob Russo requested that the city be supplied with all plans for the development and that all the details in the final project conform to the plans.
The commission filled a vacant position on the Planning Board by naming Wendy Marino to the post.
Still to be filled is an opening on the Board of Adjustment and the city is seeking candidates.
The continuing problem with a property on Bluff View Drive took on another aspect with the announcement Monday of the recusal of Judge Crocker Farnell in the case.
It was unclear as to why but there was a suggestion of an ex parte communication. If a new judge is in place in time, a show cause hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
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