The Longboat Key Town Commission had to wait three months to do it, but they finally reconvened a Colony Beach & Tennis Resort public nuisance hearing Wednesday morning at Town Hall to back off on procedures that could lead to the demolition of certain buildings on the shuttered property.
With the Colony’s legal mess still stirring in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the potential of lawsuits from Colony unit owners looming if buildings eventually are approved for demolition, the commission took a different approach.
Commissioners unanimously approved a proposed option by Town Manager Dave Bullock to correct a long list of issues that constitute a public safety issue for Key residents through the town code and a revised report and recommendation checklist presented by Building Official Wayne Thorne.
“You can end the public nuisance hearings today and allow town staff to pursue code enforcement of the town code administratively,” said Town Attorney Maggie Mooney-Portale.
Bullock said Thorne has already begun the process of delinieating on a building by building basis what the deficienies are to certain buildings that need to be corrected.
“We bring you this path that I believe will allow us to take targeted action in this report,” Bullock said.
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- The Town Commission at last is going to use their statutory powers to enforce code. Code enforcement is active elsewhere on Longboat key so why not the Colony? This fiasco has gone on long enough. If parties got round round a table to thrash out what now remains without the legal profession further dragging this out to line their pockets even further maybe some sense would prevail but in this litigious society maybe that is a forlorn hope. Let the town commission do what is needed and enforce the code across the board. If it deems building s dangerous enough to cause injury let them be demolished. If code is not enforced and neighboring communites are impacted by Colony debris these communities could well bring even further law suits to add to the mess.
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