Writ of Certiorari, Legal Action filed 1/11/19
A Petition for a Writ of Certiorari was filed on Friday, 1/11/19, with the 12th Circuit Court of Appeal. This Writ of Certiorari is a request for an order of the court to quash and remand the decision for failure to afford procedural due process and failure to comply with essential requirements of law. A link to the Writ will be made once amendments are finalized.
See our Legal Action page for details and information on how you can contribute to the legal expenses.
Board of County Commissioners hearing 12/12/18
The BCC voted 4:1 (with Commissioner Detert in the dissent) to approve the application. The only changes made were to limit two access points in the Pine Shores Neighborhood to right hand turns only. Over 200 Sarasota residents came to the hearing and 90+ signed up to speak. There was official representation in opposition to the project from Pelican Cove, Cedar Cove, The Esplanade, The Landings, Coral Cove, Gulf Gate Association, Siesta Key Association, Siesta Key Condo Council and the interests of the Pine Shores Neighborhood, as well as many individuals.
Planning Commission Meeting 11/15/18 results
Planning Commission outcome- 5-2 in favor of Siesta Promenade, as proposed. No modifications.
There could have been 3 motions- one each: for the rezone (where they could have recommended not zoning the entire property Commercial General and adding Residential Multi-family (which has less density), Critical Area Plan (where they could have recommended less density) and Special Exception for the hotel (where they could have recommended the height be lower).
Instead, 1 motion was made for everything at once. Comm Benson voted no due to height and neighborhood compatibility. Comm Morris voted no due to density.
What’s next? County Commission hearing on 12/12 9am. It is so important that you come to this meeting. The County Commission does not always follow suit with the Planning Commission. You don’t need to speak, especially if someone prior to you has addressed the same topic. Redundancy doesn’t always work in our favor. Having the Commissioners see an overflowing chamber, and having to use additional rooms adjacent to the chambers, speaks volumes. We only had 175-ish people last night. Do not assume that others will go. There are no do-overs! There is ONE meeting left to ensure that our quality of life is not adversely affected by this project.
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