Many Longbeach Village residents oppose new Mar Vista plan


Many Longbeach Village residents oppose new Mar Vista plan


Date: June 11, 2013
by: Robin Hartill | City Editor




Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub owner Ed Chiles submitted a new plan a week-and-a-half ago that eliminated a controversial plan to restore the historic Rufus P. Jordan House but seeks to proceed with building a tree house and adding 11 seats to the restaurant.

But residents of the surrounding Longbeach Village, who complained about noise and parking problems when Chiles sought to add meeting space to the Jordan House, are still concerned about the revised plan.

Thirty-three residents signed a June 10 letter to the Longboat Key Town Commission, Planning and Zoning Board and town officials opposing the expansion.

The letter states:
“Please see first hand the existing congestion and impact in peak season. The village cannot tolerate the patrons the Mar Vista has at present – more is unreasonable. In addition, please go back in time and rescind prior inappropriate growth and waivers that have been granted.”

The planning board will discuss the application at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

“We are ready to start a dialogue with residents about it,” Chiles told the commission at last Monday’s meeting. “We are ready to work with you on any parking issues.”

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Currently 3 Responses

  • 1.
  • Did these same residents protest the Key Clubs plan to build a large hotel/convention center and many condos behind the gates Islandside? That would have certainly caused a lot of noise and traffic. The little improvement Mar Vista would like to make should not cause such a stir!
  • Judy Hummer
    Thu 13th Jun 2013
    at 4:27pm
  • 2.
  • This seems to be the attitude of: now that I'm here and get to enjoy the beauty of Longbeach, close the gates behind me.

    Everyone in Sarasota/Bradenton deals with increased parking and traffic issues over season. But we have no problem with the benefits that come with those snowbirds, from sales taxes to a far-ahead-of-the-curve recovering real estate market.

    Parking around a restaurant is just that, around a restaurant. Patrons aren't parking in your driveways. Mar Vista is one of the few remaining truly historic restaurants, and it deserves to be enjoyed by many.
  • Lora Dittmar
    Tue 11th Jun 2013
    at 8:28pm
  • 3.
  • Longboat residence who were not residence before are going to be the death of Longboat Key. The residence in the village need a major renovations, landscaping. Stop complaining about progress that brings a fresh breath of life to the Key.
  • Thomas Hawkins
    Tue 11th Jun 2013
    at 2:08pm
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