VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) - Developers in Venice are hoping to build a three-story hotel right off of East Venice Avenue. However, before they do this, the city would need to approve the rezoning of the property.
The decision is ultimately up to City Council, but Tuesday the Venice Planning Commission unanimously voted against allowing a hotel to be built. Right now, the property is zoned for office, retail or medical development, and is completely surrounded by residential communities.
Many of those who live there are opposed to this project and have sent the city letters explaining why, even creating a petition that has close to 700 signatures on it. They say the idea of a 90-room hotel with a pool and 135 parking spaces would cause noise and congestion in their neighborhood.
“And everyone agreed that as a community, 100% of us wanted to say that this can’t happen in our residential area when we all bought here knowing that the intent was residential, and that then we were gracious about allowing medical and small businesses," Carlene Painter, a Casa Del Lago resident in Venice said.
Although the Venice Planning Commission is recommending that the city should reject this proposal, city council will be voting on this decision in the next few months.