Lupin Beach gets 3-2 split BCC approval despite opposition

Lupin

In this provided file rendering, one can see at least four of the homes are built completely seaward of the CCCL.

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 14:18 PM.

Here’s the perfect Christmas gift for three Walton County Commissioners: hearing aids, as it was on deaf ears that Inlet Beach homeowners’ outcries against a proposed development fell at Tuesday’s BCC meeting.

A four-hour Quasi-Judicial session ultimately ended with the commissioners’ final approval of highly contested Lupin Beach, a 20-home development on 6.36 acres in Inlet Beach, to be developed by Alys Beach Town Planner Jason Comer.

Commissioners Bill Imfeld, Kenneth Pridgen, and Bill Chapman were responsible for the approval, while commissioners Cindy Meadows and Sara Comander each gave “nay” votes.

Its future neighbors along Walton Magnolia Lane in Inlet Beach saw this as a last chance for the commissioners to hear them speak out against the project; they left the meeting defeated and unheard.

“Well, we lost,” said Inlet Beach resident James Connelly, a longtime owner at Shoreline 9 townhomes, which will look over Comer’s brand-new development. “This was a foregone conclusion, a done deal.”

Commissioner Cindy Meadows seemed to be the only elected official asking questions, during talks concerning the development. Meadows, who was not a commissioner when the development was initially passed through the BCC Feb. 23, 2010, asked questions about the situation of the homes, the dune ridge, and the environmental impact of the project.

Commissioner Imfeld asked that the project be approved when it was first brought up, then spent the next four hours sitting without speaking while Meadows asked to listen to the comments from the future neighbors of the proposed development.



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