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Mar Vista hearing canceled for attorney input

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant owner Ed Chiles this week rescinded his application to restore the historic Rufus P. Jordan House, but will proceed with building a tree house and adding 11 seats to the restaurant.

This revised application was originally on the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board’s 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 agenda. However, the engineering company Chiles hired for the renovation, Bradenton-based LTA Engineers, sent a letter to Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer dated June 11 that requested a continuance of that June 18 meeting.

“On behalf of our client, we feel it is necessary at this point to seek wise legal counsel in order to appropriately address the issues that have been brought to the town by concerned residents. Therefore, please accept this letter as formal request for a continuance for the hearings scheduled for June 18.”

Residents of the surrounding Longbeach Village complained about noise and parking problems when Chiles sought to add meeting space to the Jordan House. Residents signed a June 10 letter to the Longboat Key Town Commission, Planning and Zoning Board and town officials opposing the expansion.

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