September 6, 2017

SUMMERLAND KEY — Aside from a few minor issues to be addressed, the Monroe County Development Review Committee recommended approval last week of a request by the owner of the Summerland Key Marina to build four one-bedroom workforce apartments inside a two-story building on the property.

Along with the units, submitted plans call for 36 dry boat racks as well as more than 4,000 square feet of commercial space for a future undetermined use.

The Aug. 29 request before the DRC will still need approval by the Monroe County Planning Commission said Monroe County Planning Director Mayte Santamaria. Conditional use items such as this one, though, don’t need an OK from the Monroe County Commission.

If ultimately approved, this would bring the total apartments onsite at the marina to six. One market-rate unit is also being proposed and another one already exists there. The four new workforce units are to be on the second story and occupied by employees of the working marina.

A provided construction timeline says that once the planning board approves the request and rate-of-growth ordinance allocations are obtained for the affordable units that it would not take longer than one year to build them.

The issues with the request brought up by county staff that need to be addressed prior to final approval include changes to onsite parking, access, signs and buffer yards.

A similar request in 2010 for the property was approved by the DRC and planning commission, although the project never materialized.

The property at 24326 Overseas Highway is owned by George Secchiaroli, according to records.