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Whitney Beach Plaza owner seeks rezone for 21 units

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Ryan Snyder, representing Whitney Beach Plaza, submitted a request  for a referendum to be placed before Longboat Key voters to allow a rezone of the property to residential with a maximum density of six units per acre.

The Town Commission considered the request last November and at that time the owner sought a combination of tourism and residential uses, but now the plan is to seek soley residential.

The request is to rezone about five acres from the current general commercial zoning to six units per acre which would allow about 21 units to be built on the site.

The plan submitted to the town as a concept plan is to leave the existing building that houses the liquor store and Rip Tide clothing store in place and convert the rest to residential. The east side of the property borders a bayou and the plan shows a dock and kayak launch and community water access.

The matter has to go before the voters in a referendum because according to town charter, no residential or tourism units can be added to Longboat Key without approval of the majority of the voters. The applicant is asking the commission to place the issue on the November 8, 2016 ballot and not to require the requisite number of signatures as provided for in town charter.

The commission is slated to discuss the plan at its Monday, April 18 workshop.

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3 Responses for “Whitney Beach Plaza owner seeks rezone for 21 units”

  1. ghostrider says:

    Mr Patterson
    You wrote: ” I live nearby and will be glad to see the place go.”
    What exactly do you want to see go? What offends you? The empty parking lot? Would you be happier if it had cars turning in and out of its parking lot all week long? Your idea of heaven is to drop in another manicured development to be be only used during the season.
    Do you eat on a regular basis at the restaurant there that serves Italian cuisine? Why not? Do you ever have breakfast at the other end? Do you miss having a good bakery in the neighborhood? Have you ever considered that there is more to a center than having another real estate office, another bank, another tourist shop pitching t-shirts and hats ?
    Can you post those discussions that have appeared here talking about how Longboat’s drinking water and sewage lines will be impacted by increased density? Do you have any idea how fragile the island’s ecology is? Do you think increasing the tax base should be the end-all ? Do you need to pay for another $80K study to understand where it’s all goin’ ? Anna Maria Island Part 2 ?
    Ever so quietly some serious money is beginning to tip-toe out.

  2. John Patterson says:

    Ghost Rider – I don’t understand your post. Are you for or against it? I live nearby and will be glad to see the place go. Residential is certainly better than what is there. Just saying…

  3. ghostrider says:

    No one ever knocks down a liquor store. They can be the size of a telephone booth (You remember them?:) and they still make big dollars. Now the Rip Tide Clothing store will be turned into what? You have to understand the way development works.
    And can you do an Anna Maria in less than five years. Looking good for that.

    Meanwhile, the ocean is sitting out there saying: “I have a forty-year mortgage on all of Longboat.” Pausing: “Develop it while you can, fools.”

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