Hotel Updates: More about Siesta Key hotel controversy

September 21, 2022 —

Read more about the legal controversy over the County Commission approval of two high-density hotels on Siesta Key.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, September 18, 2022, Derek Gilliam: Suit shows builder’s sway

September 3, 2022 —

At the September 1 hearing, the County Planning Commission recommended that the hotel proposed for the former Wells Fargo site on Siesta Key be built, even as the public raised significant issues.

Robert Luckner, an SKA Director, pointed out several discrepancies in trip generation numbers in the applicant’s traffic analysis. The developer’s traffic expert explained that the discrepancies were not a problem.

Catherine Luckner, SKA President, recommended that before voting on the hotel, a stormwater management plan be added to the binding concept plan due to significant flooding in the area. However, the developer’s engineer explained that stormwater would be dealt with later, and that flooding issues would be much better once the hotel was built.

Several people requested that the Planning Commission wait for settlement of lawsuits opposing the two previous hotel approvals before voting on a third hotel. However, the Planning Commission decided not to wait and recommended approval of Siesta Key’s third hotel.

August 16, 2022 —

A public hearing for Special Exceptions for height and transient accommodation use for the proposed hotel at the former Wells Farge site will be held by the County Planning Commission on Thursday, September 1, beginning at 5pm. Developer Dave Balot will need County Commission approval for a Special Exception to allow him to increase the structure’s height from 35 feet to 60 feet and for transient accommodation use. The hotel would stand over two levels of parking, the application notes.

The hearing will be held in the County Administration Center, Commission Chambers, at 1660 Ringling Boulevard.

Link to project application

Click here to read County staff comments on the Special Exception Petition No. 1833.

Link to binding Development Concept Plan

If you have questions or public comment, email planner@scgov.net. Letters/emails must be received by August 24 for them to be published online with the staff report for the Planning Commission. Any correspondence received after that, until August 31st, will be given to the Planning Commissioners right before the Planning Commission meeting begins. You may also speak at the public hearing. Letters/emails received after August 31st will be included in the packet for the Board of County Commission public hearing.

 The staff report will be published on the web about one week prior to the Planning Commission hearing. Link to Planning Commission staff report