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Debate continues on Safety Harbor apartment complex



A controversial luxury apartment complex proposed for Safety Harbor is up for debate again, this time in front of an administrative law judge.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, attorneys are scheduled to meet at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., to argue whether the County Commission was right to strike down plans for the apartments at the site of the defunct Firmenich citrus plant on State Road 590 at McMullen-Booth Road.

Hearings start at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and are scheduled to continue all day Wednesday on the courthouse's fourth floor.

The Richman Group, the West Palm Beach developers behind the project, appealed the County Commission's decision against the needed zoning change, citing the distress of the neighbors about the apartments and other factors.

Safety Harbor's City Commission had already given the green light to the project after months of debate.

Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter's decision will likely be the final call on whether the proposed complex can proceed.


[Last modified: Sunday, August 25, 2013 4:55pm]


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