Friday, April 07, 2017

Epic Zoning Victory: Thanks to Able Research and Leadership of Capt. Lee Geanuleas, U.S.N. (Ret.), HP-5 Is Saved, For Now

Thanks to Lee Geanuleas, et al. for speaking truth to power, mobilizing facts and helping persuade 2/3 of voting PZB members, thereby defeating the rezoning demand of hotelier speculator KANTI PATEL.  Three cheers!

From St. Augustine Residents Count Facebook page:

After about three and a half hours of presentations, public comments, debate and discussion the PZB voted 4-2 tonight to disapprove Mr. Kanti Patel's request to rezone Barnacle Bill's from HP-5 to PUD for hotel parking. 
The PZB cited concerns about inadequate event parking at the hotel, conflicts with the Comprehensive Plan and City Code and the scale of the hotel relative to the surrounding neighborhoods. 
Voting against the rezoning: Sue Agresta, Carl Blow, Deltra Long and Matt Shaffer 
Voting for the rezoning: Cathy Brown and Grant Misterly
The developer will now appeal the PZB's disapproval to the City Commission. Stayed tuned.
Many, many thanks to those of you who sent emails to the PZB and those who endured a very long meeting to make comments tonight. 
Slowly, one issue at a time, I believe the conversation in St Augustine is changing (and I need a drink).

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