We have another update on the pavilion plans along with a better sense of the timeline for plan review, lease commencement, and project completion. One thing is certain- this hot and controversial topic won’t go away any time soon. All eyes on the pavilion upgrade plans as we see how much the renovations will change the area and the extent to which residents’ questions concerning the project are answered. The Herald-Tribune has more on the subject through staff writer, Nicole Rodriguez’s article below.
Plans for Lido Beach pavilion upgrade revealed
Proposal includes playgrounds, splash pad and Tiki bar, but residents have concerns.
SARASOTA — Private developers who lease the Lido Beach Pool and Pavilion from the city plan to transform the deteriorating attraction into the centerpiece of the key and a destination for all ages.
Lido Beach Development Partners, a group shared by Daiquiri Deck locations owners Troy Syprett and Gavin Meshad, submitted plans this week to the Development Review Committee for improvements and additions at Lido Pavilion. The group is proposing adding shade structures around the pool and dining area, cabanas, a splash pad, three playgrounds, a Tiki bar, recreation lawn and 40 additional seats to an existing 160-seat restaurant.
“What we’re going to be doing is basically taking an area with the pavilion that’s been allowed to deteriorate and become run down, and we’re going to return it to the glory days of when the Lido Beach Casino was out there — that used to be the jewel of the city,” Syprett said.
The group must first answer a number of questions the committee had Wednesday about proposed uses for the recreation lawn, alcohol sales and heights of certain walls and fences. The committee likely will review the plan again this summer before it goes before the Planning Commission, which would ultimately approve or reject the $3.5 million project, city official said.
Syprett anticipates receiving the required permits for the project by January or February, with project completion in summer 2019, he said.
The City Commission leased the pavilion and pool to the private group in exchange for the long-awaited upgrades to the aging concession spot at the city’s main public beach access. The 10-year lease will begin May 1. Rent starts at $80,000 the first year, increases to $90,000 the second year and then goes up to $100,000 or 3.5 percent of gross sales, whichever is greater, according to city documents. Syprett and Meshad have estimated eventual $4 million in gross sales, which would equate to about $140,000 in lease payments.
The plans have been controversial for some residents nearby, who complained the project is out of character for the location and veers too far from the simple upgrades to the existing pavilion that some residents desire. They have come out by the dozens to oppose the project over the past year, claiming the plans will attract a rowdy crowd and more traffic.