County to weigh bed taxes, large Lupin development

Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM.

But the Florida Attorney General said the power to make decisions regarding the use bed tax funds ultimately remains at the county level.

“Thedetermination of whether a particular expenditure satisfies the requirements of section 125.0104, Florida Statutes, is the responsibility of the governing body of the county and cannot be delegated to this office."

The TDC will have to wait for the county to “give direction since this is new information and not currently in the TDC budget or strategic plan,” TDC Director Dawn Moliterno told The Sun.Following the Dec. 11 meeting and the county’s proposal, Moliterno said the TDC will “proceed as directed.”

In other meeting news, Lupin Beach PUD has made its way back on the agenda as the final item in the quasi-judicial section. The large-scale development in the southeastern-most part of the county was to be discussed at the Nov. 13 meeting of the BCC, but the former commissioners continued it until Dec. 11.

This development, proposed by the same developers that created Alys Beach, includes 20 single-family homes on the 6.36-acre Gulf-front plot. It represents one of the largest developments since the real estate market slowdown that began in 2006, and it has drawn some opposition from neighbors.

The controversy comes in when discussing the Gulf-front homes, some of which extend past the Coastal Construction Control Line and into the Coastal Protection Zone. The would-be neighbors of this development fear this would compromise the protective strength of the primary dune ridge, which has protected the surrounding development in hurricanes and major storms past.

This won’t be the first time Commissioner Meadows will see the item, and she remembers it when it first came before the commission in 2008.

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