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Planning board again delays decision on Treasure Island project

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Rock House Grille and Cabanas entertainment project.

City of Treasure Island

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Rock House Grille and Cabanas entertainment project.

TREASURE ISLAND — The city's Planning Board delayed once again Thursday a decision on a proposed restaurant and cabana redevelopment on Sunshine Beach.

After listening to several hours of testimony from residents, many wearing red shirts in protest, the board continued the proposed Rock House Grille and Cabanas for the second time until its May 19 meeting.

Developers are expected to return with a traffic study, an environmental impact study, and possible site plan redesigns to show different treatments of ingress, egress and parking.

The proposed Rock House Grille and Cabanas would be located just off Sunshine Lane at the mouth of John's Pass on the Gulf of Mexico.

The property's zoning allows a 53-unit hotel, but a stand-alone restaurant or bar is a conditional use that requires a special exception to be approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.

Residents, particularly those living along Sunshine Lane just to the south of the Rock House project, are concerned about traffic patterns and parking that could disrupt their neighborhoods.

They also worry that the project could attract the kinds of crowds found near Caddy's on Sunset Beach. The City Commission is considering partially banning alcohol on Sunset Beach because of rowdiness among weekend beachgoers.

Rock House project architect Jack Bodziak, representing property owner Rice Family Holdings, said some of the 450 parking spaces planned adjacent to Gators on the other side of Gulf Boulevard could be set aside for use by restaurant patrons. He also has stressed that the project design and security features will minimize any intrusion into the neighborhood.

The entire 9-acre tract along John's Pass, including Gators, is slated for a $15 million redevelopment as an updated tourist, family entertainment, marina complex. Plans have not yet been submitted to the city.

Planning board again delays decision on Treasure Island project 04/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 6:31pm]
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