SK Coalition opposing hotel development increases

In a late September update, the leaders of the SK Coalition reported that their organization has grown to include representatives of a dozen homeowner associations. In mid-September, the figure was 10.

The Coalition was established in response to the announcement this summer of a proposal for a new 170-room hotel standing close to 90 feet in height on four parcels between Beach Road and Calle Miramar, just down the street from the Siesta Key Resort Hotel and Suites.

The Sept. 29 news release said the Coalition is collectively representing about 8,500 households on the Key, which is better than a 10-fold jump from its mid-September count of approximately 800.

As the group points out in that release, the plans for the hotel include “a 223-space parking garage, a restaurant, and a roof-top pool and bar, all of which will add to congestion and noise.”

In their preliminary application to Sarasota County staff, the developers also announced that they would seek an amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Plan that would eliminate any density considerations for transient accommodations on the county’s unincorporated barrier islands.

Leaders of the SK Coalition — which includes the Siesta Key Association (SKA) and the Siesta Key Condominium Council — have been adamant that they do not oppose development on Siesta, as long as that development “is consistent with the existing zoning regulations.”

Anyone wishing to contact the Coalition may send an email to SKCoalition@gmail.com.

Additionally, the group has created a webpage on the SKA’s website, so it can post updates and links to articles about its initiative: https://siestakeyassociation.com/projects/sk-coalition/.