ST. PETERSBURG — A City Council vote to name downtown's Detroit Hotel a local landmark was delayed by a month Thursday after a passionate argument of more than an hour.
The city staff failed to properly notify the condominium owners who have a stake in the property, a development that was confirmed only after council Chairwoman Leslie Curran inquired why none of the property owners were present at the public hearing.
Tony Amico, who owns the majority interest in the Detroit, eventually showed up to oppose the historic designation.
But city officials said it wouldn't be fair to weigh Amico's lone critical testimony against the roughly 30 statements in support of the landmark designation.
Thursday's testimony will be aired during the new hearing in March, after which property owners and activists who haven't already spoken on the measure will be allowed to weigh in.
The Detroit Hotel was founded in 1888 and named after city founder "General" John C. Williams' hometown.