City of Anna Maria Adopts Deadline for Harris Act Claims

The City of Anna Maria adopted a comprehensive Vacation Rental Ordinance (“VRO”) in April of 2015.  This VRO was challenged in court, and was subsequently amended a number of times by the City prior to the final version being adopted on November 19, 2015.  Amongst other regulations, the VRO places a limit on the maximum […]

Blalock Walters Assists Client in Obtaining Approval for Mixed-Use Development

The Manatee County Commission approved a Rezone and General Development Plan for a mixed-use development project located at the intersection of Fort Hamer Road and Mulholland Road in northern Manatee County.  Scott Rudacille, a land use attorney with Blalock Walters, represented the applicant on the project, which consisted of 164 single-family semi-detached lots and an […]

Victory for Ground Level Remodels in Flood-Prone Areas

The communities on Anna Maria Island have been trying to maintain their historic character by encouraging the remodeling of existing ground-level homes.  Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeks to limit exposure to flood claims by pressuring these communities to take more and more restrictive positions on ground-level renovations, to force property owners to […]

Anna Maria Adopts New Restrictions on Houses

In January of this year, the City of Anna Maria attempted to place a ban on all vacation rentals in the City.  Blalock Walters represented more than 30 affected property owners, and was instrumental in the City’s decision to rescind this action. However, once the vacation rental ban was off the table, the City then […]

Blalock Walters Obtains Development Approval for Distressed Whitfield Estates Property

The Bradenton Herald reported on June 7, 2013 that a Circle K is coming to Whitfield Estates.  The site, a bank-owned asset, had been occupied by a vacant furniture store for a number of years, and had unique zoning issues that had hindered its redevelopment and marketability.  In 2009, Racetrac had sought approval for a gas station […]