Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Treasure Island planning board approves valet parking lot for Caddy's

TREASURE ISLAND — It took more than three hours and three votes, but in the end the city's Planning and Zoning Board ignored the pleas of a room full of Sunset Beach residents opposed to a valet parking lot that serves Caddy's on the Beach customers.

After two tied votes Thursday, the board approved 5-4 an application to change the zoning designation for three vacant lots at 8701 W Gulf Blvd. The board stipulated, however, that the property should be used only as a parking lot.

Planning and Zoning Board member Robert Shogren, who cast the negative tying vote on the first two votes, left the meeting before the final vote.

The board's action is only a recommendation, and the final decision will be made by the City Commission. No date has been set for that hearing.

The city will now have "a big hoopla on its hands," according to 40-year resident Teri Goth, one of nearly 30 residents who filled the meeting room Thursday to oppose the zoning change.

She warned the board that changing the zoning from RM-15 (residential medium) to CG (commercial general) would destroy a "nice quiet area" of Sunset Beach.

In contrast, board chairwoman Heidi Horak, who sat in the audience because she lives near the lots, argued that a well-landscaped and buffered parking lot "might be more to residents' liking" than a multistory residential or commercial building.

"I am not sure this would be a bad result for the neighborhood," Horak said.

Christopher Sierra, the board's vice chairman who ran the meeting, strongly disagreed, calling the rezoning request "offensive," particularly since a temporary city permit to operate the parking lot had long since expired.

The lot is owned by T.I. Holdings Inc. and Gulf Sands Properties LLC, which are both partly owned by Caddy's operator Tony Amico.

The city recently cited the parking lot owners for violating the city zoning code.

Amico told the board he is willing to file a deed restriction or other legal agreement required by the city to guarantee that if commercial zoning is approved, the lots will be used only for parking.

The peninsula-shaped property is bounded on the east by Harrell Avenue and lies across the street from and just south of the beachfront Caddy's bar and restaurant.

In recent years, the behavior of some of the beachgoers who crowd the beaches at and near Caddy's has angered and frustrated Sunset Beach homeowners.

"These large numbers of beachgoers have generated complaints by some residents of Sunset Beach of traffic congestion and illegal parking … as well as complaints of rudeness and rowdiness," city planner Lynn Rosetti told the board.

The city has restricted public parking in Sunset Beach neighborhoods on weekends and holidays, has banned beer kegs on the beach, and has increased law enforcement in an attempt to alleviate resident complaints.

Treasure Island planning board approves valet parking lot for Caddy's 06/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 18, 2010 5:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pasco targets repeat offenders with new code enforcement tactic

    Local Government

    HOLIDAY — The out-of-date and overpriced gasoline cost on the sign outside — $2.69 for a gallon of regular — is the first indication that business isn't booming.

    Basil A. Almamluk is the owner of the closed Pure Gas station in Holiday, which has emerged as a poster child for a new "high return'' county code enforcement effort. The property on Mile Stretch Drive is littered with discarded furniture and other trash. [Photo courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Pasco tax roll shows increase, but so, too, are budget requests

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County's tax roll grew by more than 5 percent in 2016, but it's a figure that likely would require local government budget writers to trim proposed spending requests.

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
New construction accounted for $693.5 million in taxable property values being added to the Pasco County tax rolls in 2016, according to preliminary estimates released by Property Appraiser Gary Joiner. Overall, the property tax roll grew more than 5 percent, according to the preliminary numbers.

  3. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  4. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  5. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared

    World

    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.