Court upholds Walmart denial


Court upholds Walmart denial


Date: November 8, 2013
by: Alex Mahadevan | Digital Content Producer



A Nov. 6 court order in the ongoing battle over the future of the Ringling Shopping Center has fallen in favor of the city of Sarasota.

Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Carlton Bonner denied a petition filed by the owners of the ailing commercial property to void the Sarasota City Commission decision to deny a proposed Walmart at the site.

The property owners argued that they went through the adequate process, holding neighborhood meetings and received written analysis from city staff stating why the project was consistent with the city’s zoning plan. They also argue that some of the residents who appealed the Walmart project were not “aggrieved persons,” and that the appellants did not follow the proper process to file an appeal.

Bonner in her order writes that the property owners "were offered procedural due process, that the Commission observed the essential requirements of the law and that the Commission's decision is supported by competent, substantial evidence."



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Currently 4 Responses

  • 1.
  • So lets see here,The #1 retail chain in the world wanted to revamp a very old site and make it a safe zone for all who comes on the property and they were denied , i would bet that they will OK some rundown retailers ( sex shop)? or how about a smoke shop , ya thats our Sarasota
  • Bob Nikla
    Wed 13th Nov 2013
    at 7:08pm
  • 2.
  • Sometimes Towns violate or abuse their own zoning regulations and that is why there is an appeals process afforded to citizens. Bravo to the judge who understood this and ruled that Wal-mart did receive due process.
  • larry grossman
    Mon 11th Nov 2013
    at 10:00pm
  • 3.
  • Coming from the same city and neighbor leaders that gave us a 40 acre dessert of grass w/2 ponds hidden in the back, instead of in the center of the track. Fun place to be when its 94 degrees out. Please give me more leadership like this.
  • bob gentia
    Sun 10th Nov 2013
    at 5:48am
  • 4.
  • Shocker,
    The city of Sarasota shoots down another project and another building goes dark. The whole north side of Tamiami Trail is in disbelief, say the pimps and prostitutes.
  • bob gentia
    Sun 10th Nov 2013
    at 5:37am
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