Marco Island: Decade old site map of Rose Marina changes status of inland lot

Chairman Monte Lazarus of the Marco Island Planning Board asks members Marty Roddy, center, and Bill Trotter to table discussion of the Midtown Plan until the board hears an application for the Island Plaza PUD. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Chairman Monte Lazarus of the Marco Island Planning Board asks members Marty Roddy, center, and Bill Trotter to table discussion of the Midtown Plan until the board hears an application for the Island Plaza PUD. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Local attorney Craig Woodward explains Rose Marina’s plan for an enclosed storage building on its inland vacant lot on Bald Eagle Drive. City attorney Burt Saunders told Marco Island’s Planning Board Friday that the C-4 lot was included in a 10-year-old site plan of the marina. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Local attorney Craig Woodward explains Rose Marina’s plan for an enclosed storage building on its inland vacant lot on Bald Eagle Drive. City attorney Burt Saunders told Marco Island’s Planning Board Friday that the C-4 lot was included in a 10-year-old site plan of the marina. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Consideration of the Island Plaza PUD by Marco Island’s Planning Board is tentatively scheduled for April 4. The Island Plaza Business Center with CVS Pharmacy and Bealls Outlet, Progressive Auto’s car condo and Xpress Mart, and the Bargain Basket are part of the 6.6-acre PUD. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Consideration of the Island Plaza PUD by Marco Island’s Planning Board is tentatively scheduled for April 4. The Island Plaza Business Center with CVS Pharmacy and Bealls Outlet, Progressive Auto’s car condo and Xpress Mart, and the Bargain Basket are part of the 6.6-acre PUD. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

— Discovery of a 10-year-old site plan may have ended controversy surrounding potential use of property at 950 Bald Eagle Drive.

The lot, located across the street from Rose Marina, will be given marina status for development purposes even though it is not located adjacent to water.

Marinas are defined as waterside properties in the city’s land use codes.

City attorney Burt Saunders outlined the significance of the finding for Marco Island’s Planning Board on Friday. The 2004 site plan proved the lot was contiguous with the marina’s waterfront property, even though an easement such as the road runs through it, he told the board.

That legitimized the intent of the lot being purchased as part of the marina and secured it for marina use including boat storage, he said.

The inland lot is in the C-4 zone and is currently used for parking. Saunders confirmed the lot could be used for any purpose allowed in C-4 zoning and still be designated for marina use.

In light of the finding, Rose Marina withdrew, as unnecessary, its request for language changing city code to allow open-rack boat storage on the C-4 property as a conditional use.

The marina also withdrew its request for open-rack storage on its waterside property. Local attorney Craig Woodward, representing the marina, said the marina was grandfathered for open-rack storage on the waterfront location.

Woodward said Rose Marina plans to build a fully enclosed storage facility for boat trailers and small boats on the inland property.

Board member Irv Povlov disagreed with staff’s opinion that discovery of the site plan automatically ended the issue.

Public speaker Kelly Linman told the board the inland lot did not qualify for marina use.

“I disagree with it. It’s a distortion and unfair to the members of the public,” he said.

Midtown District

The board deferred discussion of the Midtown Plan including density transfers until it hears the Island Plaza PUD application. If there are no procedural delays, the board will consider the PUD on April 4.

The PUD application will come before the board in a public hearing at least once and be heard twice by City Council.

Density credit amounts are allocated throughout the island’s future land use districts in the Comprehensive Plan. In June 2011, council adopted a plan for density credit transfers that opened the way for waterfront properties to transfer density to inland lots in the midtown district.

To effect a transfer, the inland property must have an approved PUD and the minimum acres required, Joe Irvin told the board. Irvin is the interim community affairs director.

There are 341 potential credits available for transfer in the midtown district.

Planning Board discussion of the Midtown Plan is tentatively scheduled for April 18. The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa redevelopment plan is scheduled for Feb. 21.

Code violation question

In public comment, attorney Doug Lewis questioned the removal of landscape buffering to make way for parking behind the Bargain Basket and Progressive Auto’s Xpress Mart. He also asked why more parking spaces were allowed over the 20 requested by the applicant.

He presented the board with a document of records from the National Highway Safety Administration giving permission for Vanquish and Warlock motorcycles, owned by Ronald Ragan and Mike Kelly, to issue Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) in the manufacture of motorcycles. The records showed Progressive Auto’s car condo, 720 Bald Eagle Drive, as the location of the motorcycle businesses.

Lewis represents two storage facilities in the city’s C-5 zone that have raised issues regarding activities in Progressive Auto’s building.

On Wednesday, Joe Irvin confirmed he did not see any motorcycle manufacturing when he visited the site in December.

“The issue of code violations is being looked at by the code enforcement staff,” Saunders told the board.

“The city has in its possession documents from Mr. Kelly’s attorney acknowledging motorcycle manufacturing and storage at 720 Bald Eagle Drive. We hope code enforcement will take action to enforce its zoning ordinances,” Lewis said after the meeting.

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Comments » 10

captnjimbo writes:

Would it not be better to move the retail operations and parking across the street and keep the boats on the water side? I suppose as long as they are not moving boats on fork lifts across the road it doesn't really hurt any one.

ajm3s writes:

in response to captnjimbo:

Would it not be better to move the retail operations and parking across the street and keep the boats on the water side? I suppose as long as they are not moving boats on fork lifts across the road it doesn't really hurt any one.

I agree, but the claim is they will not use forklifts to cross the street. But that is not stipulated in any ordinace that I am aware of and per the LDC (Land Development Code), I believe the Rose Marina can build a 75 ft structure on the C4 property (where the current parking lot is locatd). Although they stipulated they would be building a 2 story enclosed facility in lieu of open racks.

The concern I have, is if the Rose Marina wanted to expand they do not require a variance to build a much larger structure which I believe the condos would impact property values.

But it is why we have zoning and land development codes but the Planning Board approved an amendment to allow raising the height limitation from 50' to 60' on the C5 lot (waterfront).

marco826 writes:

Anything goes on Marco Island......for a select few.

laslic writes:

Lewis is trying to make a name for himself from 2 storage companies who hired him but cannot pay him. Now they want the City to foot the bill. The SAD thing is - the taxpayers will end up paying his legal fees.

laslic writes:

Leave the Bargain Basket out of this mess!!

Mayor_McCheese writes:

If they have rack storage across the street from the water, there will be fork lifts constantly crossing Bald Eagle with boats on them. That will be great for traffic.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Mayor_McCheese:

If they have rack storage across the street from the water, there will be fork lifts constantly crossing Bald Eagle with boats on them. That will be great for traffic.

And a wonderful view for all residential properties around. But who cares. It is far away from our state of the art mainstream center collier blvd. and our outstanding Marriott hotel and will not bather them.
For me - not acceptable.

WizeOlMarco writes:

"The 2004 site plan proved the lot was contiguous with the marina’s waterfront property, even though an easement such as the road runs through it, he told the board."

Bald Eagle was platted after 'the lot' was platted? I doubt it. Bald Eagle and 'the lot' would have been platted at the time Marco Island was laid out. Logic would suggest.

marco826 writes:

This decision is a disgrace. I like Rose Marina and they are an Iconic part of our Island but, this expansion is unreasonable and frankly ugly. Our politicians are serving our community. Only special interests....picture the traffic....

Mayor_McCheese writes:

in response to marco826:

This decision is a disgrace. I like Rose Marina and they are an Iconic part of our Island but, this expansion is unreasonable and frankly ugly. Our politicians are serving our community. Only special interests....picture the traffic....

I completely agree. It is a nice marina and seems like a good business. However, by putting an industrial looking rack storage facility on that side of Bald Eagle will really diminish the property values of nearby residences.I sure wouldn't want to be a homeowner on the corner of Giralda and Bald eagle with this monstrosity going up.

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