Siesta Key Hotel lawsuit update: Nov 30 hearing to clarify dismissal of Count 1 has been canceled

November 30, 2022 —

This hearing has been canceled. See December 3 post for judge’s order: Circuit Court judge allows lawsuit over two Siesta Key hotels to move forward; reaffirms denial of County’s motion to dismiss case

November 23, 2022 —

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 11 am, Circuit Judge Stephen Walker, will hear a motion to clarify or reconsider his dismissal of Count 1 in one of the ongoing Siesta Key Hotel lawsuits. The hearing will be conducted via Zoom and can be attended by the public. It is planned to last 30 minutes, according to the Sarasota News Leader.

In July 2022, Judge Walker eliminated Count 1 of the lawsuit. Count 1 contends that the county commissioners first should have amended the County’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides growth, before amending the County’s Unified Development Code (UDC) to eliminate counting hotel rooms for residential density purposes.

In October 2022, plaintiffs Rob Sax and two Siesta Key homeowner associations filed a motion to reconsider or clarify the July ruling.

The public can watch judicial proceedings via Zoom. Those who are not parties to the litigation should remain muted, and not disturb the proceedings.

Zoom link is The Meeting ID is 465 693 0098. The password is 568290.
Dial-in number is 786-635-1003.

For a full discussion of the motion and lawsuit see:

Sarasota News Leader, November 17, 2022, Rachel Brown Hackney: “Nov. 30 hearing set for Circuit Court judge to hear arguments regarding Siesta residents’ request for him to clarify dismissal of count in lawsuit over two hotels planned on the Key – SARASOTA NEWS LEADER