Siesta Key Hotel Litigation


Two legal actions have been filed to reverse the recent decisions of the Sarasota County Commission regarding high-occupancy hotels on Siesta Key.

Legal action filed by Jim Wallace, et al

“The complaint alleges that, on October 27, 2021, the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners  acted illegally and in violation of their own procedures by adopting the Land Development Code changes without  first amending their Comprehensive Plan policy 2.9.1. “

In addition to Jim Wallace, plaintiffs include:  Marina del Sol Condominium Assoc., 222 Beach Road Owners Assoc., and Rob Sax, resident.

To Donate:
Contributions to the Smolker Mathews, LLP litigation trust account provide funds to a legal team effort dedicated to overturning all of the decisions of the BOCC made during their October 27, 2021 and November 2, 2021 meetings which claim to have revised the Siesta Key Overlay District land use regulations such that both the Miramar and Ask Gary hotels could be approved as  submitted.  Send checks payable to:

Smolker Mathews, LLP
100 South Ashley Dr., Suite 1490, Tampa, FL 33602
Indicate “Killshot Litigation” in the Check Memo.

Media coverage:

Siesta Key Observer, Jan 13, 2022, After incorporation bill fails, Siesta speaks up with lawsuits

Dec 2, 2021 Press Release

Sarasota News Leader, Dec. 2, 2021, Rachel Brown Hackney: “Second lawsuit filed over Siesta Key hotels contends County Commission needed to amend section of Comprehensive Plan that restricts residential intensity on the barrier islands before improving the projects.”

Legal action filed by Lourdes Ramirez

This suit alleges that the Sarasota County Commission’s Oct. 27 approval of an eight-story, 170-room hotel between Beach Road and Calle Miramar violates numerous sections of the County Comprehensive Plan and adversely impacts traffic and hurricane evacuation.

To Donate:
A Martha M. Collins, P.A. Trust Account is now accepting donations used solely to support the Siesta Key hotel lawsuit.  Send checks payable to:

Martha M. Collins, P.A. Trust Account
1110 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Add ‘Siesta Key hotel lawsuit’ in the check memo line.

Donations for this legal action are not tax deductible.  Note a donation to the Attorney Trust account does not establish an attorney client relationship with Collins Law Group.  All questions regarding this lawsuit should be directed to Lourdes Ramirez at 941.346.2830.

Media coverage:

Sarasota News Leader, Dec. 2, 2021, Rachel Brown Hackney: “Siesta resident cites Calle Miramar hotel project’s numerous inconsistencies with county’s Comprehensive Plan in filing complaint to overturn County Commission’s vote of approval”