Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

To Rezone or Not to Rezone That's the Question for St. Johns Board Members Monday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

To Rezone or Not to Rezone That's the Question for St. Johns Board Members Monday

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Two highly controversial and

emotionally charged rezoning requests for Ponte Vedra Beach are

set for hearings Monday before the Ponte Vedra Zoning and

Adjustment Board in St. Augustine.

One of the hearings involves a proposal to build 10 oceanfront

homes on Ponte Vedra Boulevard property that is zoned to

accommodate fewer houses. The second request, from Compass Bank,

asks to change residential property to commercial to allow the

bank to build a branch office at Corona Road and Florida A1A.

The two issues are scheduled for hearings before the Zoning

and Adjustment Board at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Johns County

Administration Building, 4020 Lewis Speedway in St. Augustine.

Duke Horner, president of Ponte Vedra Community Association

who also serves on the zoning panel, said the association

opposes both requests. He said the actions would spoil the

residential flavor of Ponte Vedra Beach's neighborhoods.

"We're on record for that," he said of the opposition to the

projects by the 1,000-member association. "The major reason is

spot zoning."

Horner said many residents who are part of his civic

association plan to attend the hearings, which are scheduled

back-to-back.

"I expect a lot of people to be in St. Augustine," he said.

The Ponte Vedra Boulevard case involves a request from a

developer to rezone 7.9 acres so a developer can build 10 homes

on a parcel originally envisioned for just five. The proposal

for the Enclave of Ponte Vedra Beach calls for 5,000-square-foot

homes that would sell for about $2.5 million each.

Phil Liston, who owns a home near the site, said he and other

neighbors are irritated by the proposal, which has the OK of the

county's planners.

Liston said that he's sent letters to homeowners living

within a mile of the project. …

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