Planning and Zoning recommends Hilton plan

Ocean Properties Ltd. Vice President Andy Berger made his presentation to the Planning and Zoning Board at its Tuesday meeting, hoping the board would approve the site-plan amendment for the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. The site plan includes 85 units of the town’s 250 tourism unit pool as part of a $30 million renovation project.

The Planning and Zoning board unanimously passed the site-plan amendment Tuesday, citing a strong need for the redeveloped hotel and the addition of hotel units that were lost 13 years ago when the Longboat Key Holiday Inn closed its doors. There was one condition upon the site plan approval, however, concerned the project does not include a southbound deceleration lane for motorists who are turning into the hotel, board members included a condition that asks the applicant to work with Florida Department of Transportation officials to get a lane approved. Hilton attorney John Patterson stated the applicant would agree to the condition and would do its best to build the lane, if the state approves it, before the hotel project is complete.

Ocean Properties Ltd., owner of the Hilton, the Resort at Longboat Key Club, Lido Beach Resort and Holiday Inn Lido Beach, submitted a site-plan application in September for the Hilton project.

The site plan application submitted on Sept. 4 includes redeveloping the existing Hilton buildings and the 102 rooms that currently are on the site, while adding units in a new tower on the property. The existing tower will be gutted and remodeled, the pool area will be completely redone, and everything to the south of the existing tower will change. The property will get a new lobby building, a new restaurant/meeting space building and the new hotel tower, where all 85 rooms will have views of the Gulf.

If the Town Commission’s approves the plan in January, the project could break ground in May.

Board members congratulated Hilton owners for coming forward with a project that complies with town codes and doesn’t ask for any departures.


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