Town Attorney urges Commission to rescind Mar Vista approval

The Longboat Key Town Commission will consider Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. a recommendation from Town Attorney Maggie Mooney-Portale to rescind the site plan that the board granted on May 6 for a Mar Vista restaurant expansion.

Mooney wrote: “Due to procedural Abnormalities and based upon the request from the applicant to refile a modified application, I’m recommending that the Commission consider passing resolution to 2013-19, which rescinds the prior approval.”

Mooney wrote that if the applicant re-files a modified application, the applicant will be required to appear before the planning and zoning board and then the Town Commission as required by town code.

The expansion approval grew into a neighborhood conflict over the past month when the Commission approved the addition of 11 seats at the Mar Vista restaurant as well as a proposal to expand the Jordan House — a neighboring historic residential structure — into a meeting space.

Residents complained that additional traffic and the maximum occupancy of 341 people would be far too many for the site to contain in the mostly residential neighborhood.

Mar Vista owner Ed Child stated that the Jordan House was going to be used for small meetings and perhaps wedding receptions and events and it was in his best interest to be a good neighbor not impact the area with deleterious results.

Village residents say that Chiles will return to the original application, which asked for the expansion of the Mar Vista restaurant by 11 seats and the allowance to move some of the upstairs tables in an expanded area to better view the water.

That application is expected to come before the Town in September or October.

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