By John Morton
The owners of two properties – one that’s on the Gulf of Mexico at 77 Beach Rd. and one that’s diagonally behind it at 70 Avenida Veneccia – are seeking a coastal setback variance of 75 feet seaward of the gulf beach setback line, with the goal of demolishing the existing structures and building an 11-unit condominium.
The gulf beach setback line was established to protect dunes and other beach habitat while minimizing damage landward from storm surge and floods.
Sunset Beachfront Resort LLC, the owner, will pursue the setback at the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners meeting on July 12 at 9 a.m. at the county’s Administrative Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd.
The general public is invited to speak on the subject, with a limit of five minutes per speaker.
The property is 2.383 acres combined, and was purchased in November of 2021 for a combined $10 million, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office.
The structure at 77 Beach Rd. was built in 1925, the structure at 70 Avenida Veneccia in 1977.