Jan 272017
 

Oceanside Marina November 2002 (State Archives of Florida/McDonald)

by Naja Girard…….

Oceanside Marina has now officially opened its 175-room “Ocean’s Edge” resort to tourists from all over the world. But there’s still no satisfactory determination as to the legal status of the operation. Is it a “175-room hotel” created without the 175 transient building allocations (ROGOS) required by law or is it a collection of “attached” condos prohibited from engaging in vacation rentals in that particular zoning district (Mixed Use – MU)?

Last week we discovered that 12 of the 17 ROGOs that were actually considered “transient/hotel ROGO’s” were of such questionable origin and that it appeared they’d been created with the use of fabricated documents.

See Related: Oceanside Marina: It’s Getting Worse

A disturbing afterthought is that, in fact, during the quasi-judicial review of the project, a planning department employee certified the accuracy of the developer’s [Pritam Singh’s] claim.

Mr. Singh had sought a transfer of 12 “left-over” building rights, derived from bedrooms he had not built at Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key back in 2004. The earlier project consisted of the addition of 275 new single-family units with a maximum allowance of 614 bedrooms. Singh had somehow convinced the County to recognize each unbuilt bedroom as a transient ROGO “vested right” that he could send over to Oceanside and turn into a hotel room.

His lawyer, Barton Smith, had provided the County with an exhaustive list of Hawk’s Cay units, showing that 14 bedrooms had remained unbuilt. However, when we reviewed the list, we found that over 40 of the units described as having only 2-bedrooms had been listed for sale at one point or another over the years as 3-bedroom or even 4-bedroom units. And so, it appears highly unlikely that Mr. Singh really had any “left-over” unbuilt bedroom “vested rights” to transform into hotel units at Oceanside. But there was a signed affidavit, swearing that every unit had been built with proper building permits and according to plans.

Which begs a few questions: How were those permits issued? What do the floor plans look like? How were the units inspected? Were building fees collected on those third and fourth bedrooms? Is there also a third bathroom? Was the sewer capacity adjusted to that additional impact?

This week we asked the County to allow us to review the permit documents, which the planner had claimed, under oath, to have used to verify that the list of units and affidavit produced by Mr. Singh was accurate.

Stay tuned.

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Naja Girard
 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am News  Add comments

  3 Responses to “Oceanside Marina Update ”

  1. More great investigative work by The Blue Paper!

    Meanwhile, the newsprint media sleeps through it all. This is why I happily donate to TBP but do not subscribe to the others. Support true investigative journalism right here!

  2. Yes they are doing an incredible job, how talented and credible. As for the others, ho- humm. They could/ should do more , no offense intended.

  3. They are public record and anyone can ask to see the actual blue prints. Point here is they managed to pull the permits. Maybe illegally or by fraud but were permitted and inspected. What some do not know is that in Florida a builder can simply hire an engineer to inspect the building and not use the city or county inspectors. So real question is did they actually build what was permitted and shown on building blue prints or something else. Did they each show a kitchen ?
    In any event they are built and passed the C O.

    Yes likely some games were played and likely some bribes or gifts took place. Too late to do much about it now. At best some criminal charges and or fines might be in order. At some point you will see a thousand sail boats just off the coast. They do not need building permits. Great opportunity for some one to build a huge floating house boat and rent to low income workers. You are so far from. evacuation rules to even worry about it. You are safer to stay than risk trying to leave and get caught on a bridge.