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Construction projects dominate agenda
Article published on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
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Indian Shores commissioners approve the site plan for Windsong on the Beach at its Jan. 15 meeting. The project, which will consist of a single-family home and three rental units, is being constructed at 19904 Gulf Blvd.
INDIAN SHORES – Three separate construction projects dominated the agenda at the Jan. 15 Indian Shores town hall meeting.

Public hearings were held regarding two site plan reviews, one from Tisdale Construction and the other from Windsong on the Beach LLC. Additionally, three agenda items regarding the Ashton Woods’ waterside project were approved.

The site hearings were quasi-judicial in nature and handled by town attorney Robert Metz. Both site plans were approved and had been evaluated by the town’s engineer, Bob Brotherton. Architectural renderings of both sites were on display during the meeting. No one spoke in opposition to either potential construction.

The site plan review from Tisdale Construction was to build a new single-family residence located at 19132 Gulf Blvd. The site plan review from Windsong on the Beach, LLC was to construct a single-family home along with three rental units located at 19904 Gulf Blvd.

According to Mayor Jim Lawrence, Ashton Woods is moving forward with its waterside project that will consist of 54 residential units. Each unit will carry a price tag per residence in excess of $500,000. The project is located at 19915 Gulf Blvd.

A flat rate of $2,500 was established by the town as the plat review fee for the waterside project. Chief E.D. Williams checked with other towns and found this rate to be comparable. The same fee is charged by Redington Shores.

Williams calculated the plat review fee based on the town’s estimated cost for staff time and related professional fees associated with the review requirements. These included costs incurred by the town attorney, town engineer, building official, and surveyor as well as administrative processing fees.

Based on recommendations of the Planning and Zoning Board from its Dec. 17 meeting, the Town Council approved permit fees relative to the Ashton Woods waterside project on a “phase-in basis.” Rather than collect all of the $240,000 in permit fees up front, the town has agreed to take in the individual permit fees of approximately $25,000 per building as residences are sold. This will stretch the town’s revenue collection over two to four years.

The last agenda item regarding Ashton Woods granted a request by Williams to negotiate for building official services. Williams presented a comparison between a private company and utilizing the building official the town shares with Redington Shores.

In his initial research, Williams investigated the option of securing a privatized building official contract with Quorum Services. With an estimated 1,000 inspections, the cost to use Quorum at $250 per inspection would have exceeded the budgeted amount of $8,000. Williams said he did not want the town to be “leveraged by the privatized world.”

An existing agreement, dated June 12, 2012, between the towns of Indian Shores and Redington Shores would allow the town to utilize the shared building official for an estimated $35 per inspection. Williams felt that negotiation regarding these services would be advantageous to the town.
Article published on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
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