Final Vote for Little Harbor Zoning Change Delayed

Well, I am glad I didn’t go to the meeting as it did not occur.  Earthmark basically asked for a continuance because they believe that they will not get approval as it was presented.  Here is an excerpt from Tampa Bay Online:

“Liz Bleau, The Tampa Tribune

Published: February 25, 2008

RUSKIN, FL – A public hearing and decision on changes to the Little Harbor development at Bahia Beach to allow condominiums to be used as hotel will not be held Feb. 26 as originally scheduled.

The developer has sought a remand, that is, a rehearing of the proposal before the zoning hearing officer. After the first zoning hearing, the zoning hearing officer recommended denial of the plan.

The new hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 1 at the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

The developer wants to convert 450 of the approved 1,500 housing units at the waterfront development to hotel rooms or to rentals that could be let out for a week or less. Under the current zoning code, residences cannot be rented out for less than a week.”

Basically, Little Harbor is in communications with a large Hotel Chain to take over the rental management and advertising of the community because in their own words, “We are not in the business of Hotel Management”.  I think it was something that they consumed just by the nature of the development and never knew how to let go.  In either event, I believe that if they do not get this approval, this big name Hotel chain will NOT be wanting to take over Little Harbor because with it’s current zoning, Little Harbor is not allowed to rent any property for less than a week, which is a restriction they have not been following up until recently, when their attorney advised them to cease and desist renting property on a nightly basis.

Either way, I will be following this closely as things progress.

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~ by ToughGuy on February 28, 2008.

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