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How A Community and A County Commission Stopped a Developer

Pinellas County Commission refuses land use change and kills construction of luxury apartments in Safety Harbor because the residents and taxpayers don't want any more development

The residents of Safety Harbor, Florida opposed construction of a market rate residential apartment complex on open land in their community.  After losing their fight to stop development up the chain at every level, the Pinellas County Commission, which had final say on whether to re-zone the land, cast their votes in accordance with the wishes of the community and refused to approve a land use change Wednesday night.  The developer is giving up, pulling out of Safety Harbor, and putting the land back up for sale.  

The developer of the now defunct Safety Harbor Apartments, Richman Brothers, is the same developer who wants to turn the wetlands and trees in Briarwood into market rate apartments, while kicking out the vulnerable long term residents and further snarling traffic at Ulmerton and Seminole Boulevard.  

Wednesday's action by the County Commission in voting with the people of Safety Harbor may have implications for the Briarwood vote as well.  What do you think?  Is there still hope for Briarwood given the Safety Harbor vote?

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Karen Elfallah May 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I thank the Pinellas County Commission for listening to the Safety Harbor community & I sincerely hope that this also stops the Brairwood redevelopement. We at The SaveTheTides group take hope in this decision by the County & believe they too will say no to the rezoning application that the developer Taylor Morrison submitted last week. They want to rezone 150 acres of green open space & build 162 houses at The Tides Golf Course, The residents & nearly 10,000 people have now signed our petition to stop this happening at the first meeting on August 7th, More information can be found at www,savethetides.com/
Nancy Tucker May 11, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Bless the Pinellas County Commissioners for having our interests as priority !!! SAVE THE TIDES also. We have a Save The Tides page on Facebook. Just type into the search box on Facebook. You will find LOTS of info, pictures, the petition and actions YOU can take to stop this horrible plan to destroy beautiful land on Boca Ciega Bay (home to thousands of wildlife ... including endangered species). JOIN US there or at the website www.savethetides.com/
Christine L. Allamanno May 12, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Karen and Nancy, we have so little green space left in Pinellas County. We need to save all that we can! Good luck!
Karen Elfallah May 12, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Dear Christine thank you so much for your kind words. I noticed that you have signed our on line petition. Would you mind if we posted your comments on our facebook page? Also if you had time to come & visit us & see what could be destroyed if the rezoning of the tides goes ahead that would be really helpful. When is the Briarwood case going before The County Commissioners? I am sure that some of our group would be happy to turn out & support you. Kind regards Karen
Christine L. Allamanno May 15, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Hi Karen, yes please feel free to re-post on your facebook page! I will put a link to savethetides.com in the main blog here and on my page. Save the Tides was mentioned at the Awake Pinellas meeting in St. Pete on Monday night; which I attended.
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