Public gets chance to comment on proposed hotel

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A required neighborhood workshop regarding the proposed hotel at 5810 Midnight Pass Rd. is set for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9. It will be conducted via Zoom.

A link on the Sarasota County Website can be found at https://www.scgov.net/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/15472/.

The 100-room boutique hotel, which is the fourth proposed on Siesta Key within the past year, would be built at the site where the former Wells Fargo building sits. The lot is about 2.15 acres in size and about 1,200 feet from Siesta Beach.

The application says a 9,350-square-foot restaurant and bar would also be included in the project, and it would be open to both guests and the public.

David Balot, the principal of the group that bought the property for $4.41 million, was originally asking for a change in county zoning and land-use regulations to allow the maximum 35-foot height for commercial construction on Siesta Key to be calculated above two levels of parking that are planned. Last week, he changed his mind.

“After listening to concerns and understanding that one of my changes could have overreaching effects and set a precedent on the Key, I have changed my application with the county and will no longer be asking for a text amendment that relates to height,” Balot said. “I will instead be asking for a special exception to allow my project to have two levels of in-structure parking, still with the rooms no greater than 35 feet above parking.”

John Morton
Author: John Morton

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