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Treasure Island meeting to discuss building heights

By KATHY SAUNDERS
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 12, 2003

TREASURE ISLAND -- City commissioners this week are expected to place a moratorium on their own rules allowing taller buildings on the beachfront.

The moratorium would prevent the city from issuing building permits under new rules favoring 10-story hotels. Commissioners said they want to impose the ban on themselves, even though a judge already has done so. The moratorium is expected to be adopted Tuesday and last six months.

The ban would last about a month longer than the one ordered by Circuit Judge Penick in a lawsuit filed by two residents who said the city broke the law when it passed new development ordinances. Commissioners put development laws in place in October, before voters in November decided against taller buildings.

Tuesday's meeting is 7 p.m. at City Hall, 120 108th Ave.

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