North-end gas station approved for future restaurant, retail venue

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The Longboat Key Planning Department approved a change in use for the 2,128 square foot closed gas station at 6990 Gulf of Mexico Drive into a restaurant and retail sales establishment.

The former north-end gas station at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway will be allowed to add 12 parking spaces, landscaping and to be remodeled.

The proposal is exempt from site plan submission under town code according to Planning, Zoning and Building Director Allen Parsons.

Parsons wrote that additional adjustment to the site plan may be necessary to accommodate a planned roundabout that is in the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s project priority list. Parsons added that all exterior lighting will be shielded to reflect light from adjoining properties and comply with sea turtle lighting ordinances.

The proposed plan requires the placement of two mature trees at intervals of approximately five parking spaces. The landscaping plan will show a fence no higher than three feet along the eastern property line abutting Palm Drive. Parsons said that any outdoor seating for dining will require a special exception application and approval from the town.

James M. Brearly is the applicant for the project and the approval could mark the first transformation of the site that has been closed for more than a decade.

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