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Thomas opposes another project

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June

Once again Fred Thomas, the Pinch-a-Penny founder and former Clearwater city commissioner, is opposing a big-time development project.

This time it’s the Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa's $100-million rehab, which the Belleair Town Commission approved May 20. Alan Zimmet, a Clearwater lawyer who is also the Largo city attorney, filed an appeal this week in Pinellas Circuit Court to overturn the decision.

In his 34-page petition, Zimmet said commissioners violated town code when it signed off on the developer’s plans to build a spa taller than code allows just west of the hotel. He also says the code requires that the spa is built in the hotel, not separate from it.

Thomas' main beef (there are plenty more cited in the petition): noise and traffic (Thomas lives nearby).

Thomas several years ago successfully thwarted one of Clearwater’s massive revitalization plans along the downtown waterfront.

-- Mike Donila, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]

    

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