Perico Island developers ask for more time to build

jtate@bradenton.comJune 26, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Developers of an Anna Maria Sound store and marina at Perico Island want an extension on construction permits that could expire without the added time.

Darenda Marvin, a senior planner for the owners of Minto-Hayden Lane Marina LLC of Coconut Creek said her clients need more time to build.

"We received approval but if you don't begin construction within one year, you have to request an extension," said Marvin.

Carl Callahan, Bradenton city clerk, said extensions of these types are common and he expects the council to approve it at its 6 p.m. meeting Wednesday.

"I'm pretty certain they'll approve it," he said.

Development has been opposed by some who raised environmental concerns. According to a March 9, 2012, report from the Bradenton

Herald, environmentalists want to preserve the natural character of the property.

A citizens group filed a lawsuit against the state over the density and height approved for the original project, which was owned by paper company St. Joe. The paper company stopped development in 2007.

In 2009, Minto-Hayden Lane purchased the land for $8 million and the marina for $2 million.

The developers designed the Anna Maria Sound project under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which designated it as environmentally friendly.

Since then, Callahan said the site has had little opposition.

"At this point it's not controversial," said Callahan.

Also on the city council agenda, will be a public hearing on a right-of-way vacation of a 20-foot alley located at Manatee Avenue West.

The Bradenton City Council will meet in council chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter @Janey_Tate.

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