Proposed fishery view

A rendering of the developer’s plan superimposed on Google Earth view of the proposed development in Placida, near the Boca Grande Causeway.

Charlotte County commissioners passed a rezoning for the old Placida Fishery site Tuesday.

Construction on the new project in Placida could begin in a year, and be complete in several years, Placida Point LLC owner Jay Feinberg told the Sun after the hearing.

The new zoning is for about 13 acres on the waterfront at the end of Gasparilla Road. Parts of the site are considered derelict with old fishing shacks, squatters, failing septic systems and sunken boats, said the developer’s consultant, Robert Berntsson.

“Although there is a lot of romantic history,” Berntsson said, “it is really a property in need of repair.”

The new proposal includes 60 high-end, 55-and-older condominiums, 150 hotel rooms with five bungalows, a 4,560-square-foot restaurant, 3,600 square feet for bridge and meetings, and 4,000 square feet for retail.

Developers propose keeping the existing 44-slip marina for public use.

The development will be called The Village and Marina at Boca Grande, because it is looking at the bridge to Boca Grande, said co-developer Cookie Potter-Feinberg.

All mangrove swamps currently on the site will be preserved, Potter-Feinberg said. To remove them would be to risk losing the land in a storm, she said.

“What you’ve explained and what you’ve proposed is well thought out,” said Commissioner Joe Tiseo.

“I think it’s great for West County,” said Commissioner Bill Truex. “I think it’s great for Placida.”

“This is substantially modest compared to what I’ve seen over the years,” Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch said, referring to much larger, unsuccessful proposals by other developers.

The rezoning gets rid of the industrial zoning as well as a small piece of natural-resource-zoned land that did not have any native natural resources, according to planning and zoning staff. The buildings will exceed the 35-foot limit to reach approximately 40 feet, thus requiring the development to include another 1.8 acres of non-paved open space. The site will be 34 percent open space.

The marina will be restored and open to the public.

The Feinsteins envision many weddings at the site, with facilities for the ceremony, the reception and guest housing.

Gas card skimmers

Commissioners also passed new rules to fight credit card skimmers at gas pumps. Stations in Charlotte County have until Jan. 1 to adopt a system for preventing thieves from installing devices that steal credit card information on gas pumps. After that date, they may be charged $250 a day in violation.

Newer gas station pumps have this technology, zoning official Shawn Cullinan said, but many stations have not acquired the new pumps yet.

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