Building official maintains position on dune destruction

Dune destruction 77th Street
Protected vegetation, including sea oats and sea grapes, was destroyed during construction at 102 77th Street. - Kristin Swain | Sun

HOLMES BEACH – Building Official Jim McGuinness is holding firm on his decision to keep a red tag stop work order in place, halting construction at 102 77th St. until the city receives a revegetation plan.

During the Aug. 22 city commission meeting, McGuinness said he’d received an update from officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection concerning the status of its investigation into the potential destruction of the property’s dune system, sea grapes, mangroves and sea oats. The damage occurred during the clearing of the land to install a pool and demolish the existing house for a potential vacation rental.

McGuinness said the message stated a revegetation plan for the project had been received and was under review by the DEP. Once it’s approved, a copy of the revegetation plan is to be sent to the city. He said once the commission approves the general development plan, future approval processes are out of commission’s hands and solely in the hands of Manatee County staff.