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Tarpon Springs bayou rezoning denied

By Kathryn Williams, Tampa Bay Newspapers Correspondent

TARPON SPRINGS ó After opposition from residents, the City Commission recently denied a rezoning to allow for new apartments in the cityís Bayou area.

During the Feb. 6 City Commission meeting, Planning and Zoning director Heather Urwiller presented commissioners with a rezoning request from Michael J. Tagarelli, president of Tagarelli Construction.

Tagarelli was asking the city to change the designation of a 0.47-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Park Street and Grand Boulevard from neighborhood conservation to residential multifamily.

Tagarelliís request had been reviewed by the city staff and recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Board, 6-1.

Some people expressed concerns about issues such as drainage, traffic and the incompatibility of a complex in a neighborhood area.

During that first meeting, the City Commission approved the request, 3-2, but in a Feb. 20 meeting, the request was denied, 3-2..

Editorís note ó This article has been changed to reflect the following correction: Tarpon Springs city commissioners voted 3-2 to deny a rezoning to allow for new apartments in the cityís Bayou area during a meeting Feb. 20. A community news brief published March 2, under the headline "Bayou rezoning approved" misstated the commissionís final decision.