TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners again said no Sept. 4 to Tony Amico, owner of Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W. Gulf Blvd., regarding a possible rehearing on the issue of offsite parking for the beach bar.
Treasure Island City Attorney Maura Keifer said she was contacted by Amico’s attorney, Clayton Bricklemyer, requesting a rehearing on a land use amendment that would allow Amico to use a small tract of land on West Gulf Boulevard for valet parking.
The small, .27-acre, site is immediately south of the Ka’Tiki restaurant and bar at 8701 W. Gulf Blvd.
“Members of the prevailing party can bring a motion and request a rehearing but only on the day of the hearing,” said Commissioner Alan Bildz. “That’s according to our rules of procedure.”
“I think there’s also a provision that allows you to suspend your rules,” said Kiefer. “I told him (Bricklemyer) I’d bring it up. So if you want to, would you want it on the next workshop agenda?”
The consensus among commissioners was to not to do so.
“The Commission has spoken,” said Mayor Bob Minning.
On Aug. 7, the Commission voted against the land use change that would have allowed Amico to use the land, which he owns, for additional valet parking.
Amico was seeking a land use change from residential medium-15 to resort facilities medium-30, which would allow him to use the property that he owns as a parking lot.
Residents of Sunset Beach expressed concern over increases in traffic and the possibility of a four-unit structure being built on the site at some point in the future, if the proposed land use was amended.
In other action:
• Commissioners moved forward on resolutions to increase the stormwater rate fee 59 cents a month and decrease the recycling fee $1.21 per month per single family home.
• Kiefer said the long-awaited demolition of a deteriorating home at 11 Treasure Lane was set to take place very soon. No date was announced.
• City Manager Reid Silverboard said the city is close to receiving the needed permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to move ahead on the Beach Trail renovation project. “In about four weeks (around Oct. 1), we should have the permit in hand and can issue a notice to proceed.” Silverboard said the project would take about 90 days to complete but it doesn’t include the 500-foot section owned by the city of St. Petersburg. “The St. Pete section will be just sidewalk only and no walls,” Silverboard said. “We’ll need to modify the permit with DEP to get that portion done.” He said a modification of the permit could take 30 to 90 days before the city gets the approval. If the state is in agreement, it would be the city’s expense to build at a cost of about $48,000.