Sarasota County has responded to lawsuits opposing recent approval of hotels for Siesta Key
January 16, 2022 —
Sarasota county has responded to both lawsuits filed to oppose recent approval of hotels on Siesta Key.
Sarasota News Leader, Jan 14, 2022, Rachel Brown Hackney: Office of County Attorney contends Siesta resident Ramirez lacks standing to challenge commission approval of hotel planned on Calle Miramar
December 15, 2021 —
Two lawsuits have been filed with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Sarasota, opposing the Sarasota County Commission recent approval of two high occupancy hotels on Siesta Key.
The first lawsuit was filed by Lourdes Ramirez against Sarasota County for the Commission’s Oct. 27 approval of an eight-story, 170-room hotel between Beach Road and Calle Miramar. The suit references numerous violations of the County Comprehensive Plan and adverse impact to traffic and hurricane evacuation. Read full story in 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”
The second suit was filed by Siesta Key resident James P. Wallace III, the 222 Beach Road Owners Association Inc., the Marina Del Sol Condominium Association Inc., and Siesta Key resident Robert Sax. According to this complaint, the County Commission allowed “a dramatic increase of the allowable density and intensity of hotels” on the island without first amending the applicable policy in the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Read full story in 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.”
November 9, 2021 —
In view of the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners recent approval of two oversize hotels on Siesta Key, members have been asking “What can we do to oppose these disastrous decisions?”
Be patient. SKA is engaging with Siesta Key organization regarding how best to oppose these decisions. We will inform you as soon as we have a recommended course of action.
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