Sand Key Civic Association Rejects Developer's Plans
By c.j. pollick
The Sand Key Civic Association meeting of March 5th started with Lt. Andrews of the Clearwater Police Department reporting on a proposed Gulf Boulevard crosswalk between Dan's Island and the Marina location.
Then the board of directors handled the recent resignation of president Mike Dooley due to relocation by holding an election to fill the vacancy. Al DiPalo of Crescent Beach Club was elected to fill the remaining term of Dooley.
A presentation was then made by Legg Mason/ Belleview Biltmore team regarding redevelopment of the Cabana Club Grille. According to Legg Mason, the redevelopment plan for the Sand Key property includes demolishing the current building and erecting a six story 38-room hotel with restaurant/bar and cabanas. The proposed redevelopment plan would require a height variance from the current 25-foot limitation to a 65-foot limit, stated the planners. Questions from citizens followed the presentation. The SKCA board of directors discussed the proposed redevelopment plan of the Cabana Club Grille and then resolved to oppose any city variance to the current building and city codes.
Regarding the Shoppes, it was reported that as a result of the 3/3 split vote to deny the application for T zoning at the February 19 Community Development Board meeting, a new motion and vote will take place at the March 18 meeting. The term of one board member expired after the meeting and a new board member was appointed, and one board member was absent - so there will be several different members voting. The result of that vote will determine the recommendation the board makes to the City Council which will hear the application at its March 20 meeting.
All who attended were urged to attend the City Council meeting and voice their opinions.
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