Monday, January 16, 2006

planning and zoning

I got the following e-mail from Bill Richardson the other day:

"There is an interesting item on the P & Z Agenda over close to your area. The owners of the old motel (which is grandfathered) in the, “E” district is requesting, four or five lots in the, “E” district be changed and placed in the, “B” district. The only logical reason is because they wish to build some kind of structure, which is not allowed in the, “E” district. I would think it is probably a high rise condo.

Some of your readers and neighbors should attend the P & Z Meeting. The meeting is 3:00 PM, Thursday at the Visitors Bureau Conference room."

It would appear that the motel to which Bill is referring is Southbeach Inn on Jupiter. If you live in this area I would encourage you to attend as well, and if you know someone who lives nearby you might bring this matter to their attention.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes this is an accurate description of what is going on in our E zone, thank you for the coverage. We have a concerted effort in the neighborhood to fight this proposed change. This change would allow a large highrise or some other type of commercial building to be built in the midst of our neighborhood. I have sent letters out to most all neighbors in the affected area and many have written to P & Z expressing their objections. But we still need people to write to P & Z expressing their opinion and to turn out at both the P & Z meeting and the subsequent B of A meeting in February (where it will be voted) on to support our fight against this change.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Can you copy & paste the letter here on this blog?

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the Southbeach Inn the old Seagrape Motel?

9:53 AM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

Yes - Southbeach Inn was formerly known as the Seagrape.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is off the subject, but without another place to put it . . . thought you SPIers might find joy in this bit of news, as did I:

Endangered Whales Sighted Off Texas Coast

Lucinda, If I'm outta line placing this on your blog, feel free to delete.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sam--I will be glad to post but it is a bit lengthy so I wonder if I should just e-mail to you. I am new to this blogging stuff and don't know what would be proper. Can I do it through your blog?

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post your letter Jene. We'd all like to see your thoughts on this one. Thanks.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

I went to this meeting and can give this quick report:
Southbeach owners are adamant that they do not wish to tear down and build a mega-floo monstrosity - they are just protecting their property as a motel grandfathered into an E zone. I think everyone in the room believed the Sutters and even felt empathy for their situation (if a hurricane wipes out more than 50% of their building they cannot rebuild) but the big question was - what happens if they sell? The new owerns could in fact come in and build a mega-story monstrosity...

At any rate, the whole question proved moot as the Sutters' neightbor who joined in with their request withdrew at the last moment. Had the zoning request been passed, the change would have resulted in "spot zoning" which is illegal in Texas.

The commission voted to deny.

12:40 PM  

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