SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
GSR Development, LLC, has been ordered to take down
the sand berm on this property by May 10.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH Troubles are piling up for
the developers of some prime property that was scheduled
to become a beachfront condominium project.
The Bradenton Beach building permit for the Rosa Del Mar
project was declared null and void by building official
Ed McAdam on Sept. 20, 2005, due to a lack of activity.
GSR Development, LLC, fenced off the property and built
a large berm of sand running along its western perimeter.
Last week, the building department sent a certified notice
of a code violation regarding the berm on the property.
It says that to remedy the situation, GSR must remove
the entire soil stockpile that is located along the westerly
property line of the property and restore it to the grade
level it was prior to the start of construction.
It also warns that failure to take this corrective action
by May 10 will result in the violation being referred
to the citys code enforcement board for a hearing.
The cost for a new city permit would be $155,415 and at
a meeting earlier this year, GSR partner Steve Noriega
asked the city to consider bargaining to cut down that
cost, since he had already held a permit.
Noriega cited delays in dealing with the state as the
reason for the lack of activity on the site. The city
commission agreed to have him negotiate with McAdam on
On March 10, Noriega asked the city to approve plans for
the condominium project, but on April 5 McAdam said he
would have to pay for the new permits up front in order
for that to happen. His letter emphasized that the cost
for the city permit would be $155,415.
Meanwhile, GSR has moved off the Island from its headquarters
at Villa Rosa, 410 South Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria. The
sign on the door reads, "We have moved to 5708 Manatee
Ave. W. in Bradenton."
Last week, the Bradenton Beach Building Department received
a copy of a letter to GSR from D.L. Porter Construction,
Inc., saying it is terminating its contract with the developer.
It cites GSRs "failure to properly resolve
the issues" stated in a May 4, 2004 letter. The contents
of that letter were not disclosed.
The letter received by the building department said that
if GSR wanted the fence to remain, it would have to pay
D.L. Porter Construction $2,532.
Officials of GSR Development have not returned the Suns
calls for comment.