Building Height Limit Changes Upcoming For The Beaches???

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I've lived in the beaches area of Jacksonville, FL for the past 20+ years, and have seen the redevelopment of several areas, maximizing their locations and consumer friendliness. I have first hand witnessed some of these changes, and for the most part, they have been positive changes.

One of the items the voters of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach voted on a few years ago was a building height limit to keep the coastline looking like it did: not dotted with a myriad of high rise condos. It was really targeting residential, and defined several Central Business Districts.

Now, someone is proposing a modification of these building height limits, as they prevent businesses from coming and building at the Beaches - really?  We have new businesses coming in daily. They move into existing space, and convert it to their needs.  Not to mention, ahem: we have limited vacant land at any of the beaches! AND, parking is already tight, so any new projects, or modifications, will have to address parking issues.

Recent additions include:

  • Atlantic Beach: M Shack Restaurant & Royal Palm Villlage Wine, Boom Shaka Laka Food Shack (all existing construction)
  • Neptune Beach: Mario's Italian, Smashburger, Publix, Hurricane's Wings, Publix, TCBY (all new construction except for Mario's)
  • Jacksonville Beach: 33 (apparel store), Sway (restaurant/bar)

Additionally, in the works are a Denny's and The Metro Diner, both of which are moving into existing spaces.

All of the buildings these businesses moved into are currently conforming to the building height limits, so it was not an issue to them.

I'm in support of the voting population. Why can't we work with what we have, rather than go against the voting public? Or, how about proposing a variance for a specific project, rather than ANOTHER building height limit vote?

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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via www.carolzingone.com  for Jacksonville and area listings!

 

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Carol Zingone
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Bob - Thanks. It's an interesting dilemma, and reading that others have similar/same issues is refreshing if somewhat depressing.....I just believe that when the public votes on something, they (and I am referring to the voters who turn out, not just registered voters) vote for what they want. So, to propose a change within something like 5 years seems ridiculous to me....but that's me...

John- How tall are your palm trees??? I LOVE this idea! We probably do not have the same kind of palms....

 

December 03, 2011 09:24 PM
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James Dray
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Now Carol just think it's happening to the population on a daily basis.  Just think of our federal government and that will answer all you questions on representation without representation of the peoples wishes

December 04, 2011 07:12 AM
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Rob Thomas
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Carol ....I'm with you on this one!  Congrats on the feature!

December 04, 2011 08:48 AM
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Carol Zingone
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James: OF course you are correct!

Rob: Thanks!  I'm cautiously optimistic!

 

December 04, 2011 12:02 PM
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Dan & Linda Tublitz
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Carol,  The oceanfront areas that have preserved their character through tough zoning regulations are the ones that survived the housing collapse in Florida.  In South Florida in Delray Beach, their are not just regulations on building height but detailed rules and regulations regarding setbacks, house style and architecture in two designated beach areas.  Sure enough, those areas actually APPRECIATED since 2005.  Wherever zoning regs were lax, the builders went crazy and now the towns and property owners are saddled with empty units not contributing taxes and Condo fees. 

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