LKRA is monitoring these proposed projects and activities that directly affect our members and will advocate in support of that project or a modification to that project that will be in the best interest of our residents. LKRA encourages all developers and others advocating change to work in concert with our association.
LKRA monitors meetings of our City Commission, it's Boards, Panels and other advisory Committees for issues affecting our neighborhood. We work with them and City Staff in the development and enforcement of their planning and zoning tools and other ordinances that protect our barrier islands. Upcoming Meeting Agendas and videos of past meetings are all available on-line. In addition, most meetings are broadcast LIVE.
We encourage members to communicate with City Staff, Commissioners and members of Advisory Boards. Feel free to attend Public Hearings and Workshops in person or through other communications. Regular City Commission meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 9:00 AM. Meetings will have a NOON lunch break, then resume until 5:00 PM.
We are currently monitoring:
An effective way to communicate with City Commissioners is eComments. Comments are accepted for agenda items up until 72 hours prior to the start of a meeting.
The City's Vacation Rental ordinance is focused on ensuring residents the tranquility and peaceful enjoyment of their homes and their neighborhoods; to mitigate incompatibilities between vacation rentals and resident occupied homes; and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants of vacation rentals and their guests and to encourage them to be respectful of the residents of the neighborhood in which they are vacationing. The ordinance, effective May 4, 2021 required all existing vacation rentals to be inspected and registered by June 1, 2022. The City's website identifies Registration Guidelines, Registering (online), Requirements and Standards and Enforcement. If you have an issue let a Board Member know.
Registration Update: Staff reports as of 12/1/2023:
The St. Armands Business Improvement District ("BID"), which was non-renewed by the City Commission in July 2023. This City Advisory Board had consisted of five St. Armands commercial property owners. Throughout 2022 and into 2023 this board had proposed to increase the allowed height of the existing commercial buildings on St. Armands and to expand the use of the upper floors to include residences, BnB's and hotels. The surrounding neighborhoods and the City of Longboat Key expressed concern that the requested height increase is deceptive and would allow all buildings on the Circle to be 4 stories. The neighborhood's concerns included increased density, increased traffic and lack of parking as the proposal had no parking requirements for those transient tenants.
Current Status (Quiet)
This proposal requires a comprehensive plan change. The City Commission voted 5-0 to deny a request from the BID to send this to Planning staff for a study and proposal, thus delaying any new development for some time.
Our next Meet & Greet will be at the Sandcastle Resort. 5:00 pm, Tuesday, December 12th, with special happy hour prices on drinks and food. Catch up as residents return from their summers!
Next Resident Meeting is Saturday January 20th, 10:00 am, Lido Beach Resort Event Space on the 8th Floor. Deputy City Manager, Pat Robinson will give us a state of the keys and the city.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, April 5th for the Lido Key Residents Association 2024 Beach Party “Cheeseburger in Paradise “