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Here's a news flash. The very prospective homebuyers you say you are trying to attract to Longboat Key, are very internet-savvy. They read all of your dire predictions for our home values, if we do not tear down all the 8 foot ceilings and build high-rise condo-tels. No matter that such a transformation would take many decades in an uncertain global economy. You make no mention of the really undesirable increase in density resulting for your 10 foot ceiling plan. If people wanted Miami Beach they would live in Miami Beach, as money is usually not an issue around here. If those community clacks, who are constantly bothering us, need an ultra-high density second home environment, perhaps they would find themselves in crowded condo heaven if they simple moved to Miami Beach and leave the rest of us alone.
I visit my daughter and family in Mill Valley several times a year. I can attest to the brisk real estate market that exists in Mill Valley since my three grandchildren keep showing me houses they want me to buy so I can live down the street from them. This is touching but very expensive. My daughter's home is a "Craftsman" home purchased out of a Sears & Roebuck catalog in the 1910's. It is wood and it is old and there are many just like it with 8 foot ceilings, that are selling very well, contrary to your sage assessments of our condominiums. One difference might be the amount of really negative comments emanating from the Longboat town commission chamber about properties in our community, and how they are so undesirable.
If I was researching places to buy a home on the internet, I certainly would not look at Longboat Key after reading you gentleman's warnings about the salability of homes in own community.
The town commissioners are supposed to be boosters not bad-mouthers of their community. Please stop bashing Longboat Key. We do not need Miami Beach on Longboat Key.
- The 800 lb garillia in the room is the laws pertaining to the community planning and development ability, i.e. IPOC.
We no longer live in 1920, due to advancement of technology, and more important, what afluent people expect today not yesterday. Yesterdays rules for development do not conform to the needs of today!
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