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- As a resident who will be greatly affected by the Mar Vista expansion plans, I thought you summed up the situation most accurately with one exception. You characterize the application as a slight expansion when in fact it is an almost doubling of the current occupancy.
As it now stands, even before the expansion, the streets in the area are already plugged with cars on several nights of the week. Of course we are concerned when a plan is passed that could easily result in another fifty to a hundred more cars being parked in the neighborhood. Lois Street is already turned into a one-way street several nights of the week as cars park on both sides, effectively leaving one center lane.
I will assume you faithfully reported all of the rules and regulations Mar Vista must follow once this expansion takes place. What I don’t assume is that any of these rules and regulations will actually be enforced. The people who are going to enforce these provisions are the same people that apparently think the bulk of the restaurant’s patrons arrive by boat and bicycle. And does someone want to tell me where the valet parking is? Perhaps we can have them valet park in Commissioner Brenner’s neighborhood. Or maybe restaurant patrons can simply park in Commissioner Gans’ neighborhood and be bussed in and out. Are you guys for real?
If Mr. Chiles wants to expand on Longboat Key, why not take over the lease on the west end of the Publix mall. Or better yet, there is an entire Whitney Plaza to expand into.
The bottom line is that Mar Vista does not have the infrastructure to support the expansion in this neighborhood. If the expansion does take place, this neighborhood will look just like the neighborhood surrounding the Sandbar. The word blighted comes to mind.
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