St. Pete Beach Planning Board Weighs Tradewinds Resort Expansion

In a development that could shape the future landscape of St. Pete Beach, the Planning Board recently deliberated on a proposal for the expansion of the Tradewinds Resort. The extensive plan put forth by Tradewinds SPV Developer LLC encompasses a 20-year development across four phases, potentially reshaping the local tourism and economic environment.

Central to the discussions was the conditional use permit application for the proposed large-scale lodging development at the Tradewinds Resort. The proposed expansion includes new guest towers, parking garages, a beachfront restaurant, outdoor pool, and guest amenities, along with an increase in site unit count to 1596 units. The project’s scale intends not only to enhance the resort’s facilities but also to serve as a catalyst for reinvestment in the community.

The board reviewed the applicant’s compliance with conditional use permit criteria, finding partial support for three out of 20 criteria. Key areas of concern included transportation system capabilities, technical capacity for improvements, and the aesthetic and architectural features of the development. In response to these concerns, the applicant provided testimony and modifications to proposed conditions to address the board’s requests.

The proposed development encompasses several community benefits, including public beach access via a beach walk, a beach view deck, and multiple access points. The applicant assured the board of their commitment to exceed environmental standards by incorporating native vegetation and water use reduction techniques. Additional community benefits include the potential for economic impact, projected to generate $3.5 billion in business sales over 20 years, creating jobs and substantially increasing state and local tax revenues.

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During the meeting, the board also examined the development agreement between the city and the developer, which outlined responsibilities such as beach accesses, sidewalk and beach walk construction, internal roadway improvements, stormwater management, and contributions to city mobility services. The board sought assurances for continuous maintenance during the development period and updates to transportation study data to accurately reflect traffic impact.

Public feedback was a critical element of the proceedings. The board heard from a range of stakeholders, including residents, business owners, and advocacy groups. Support for the project was strong among some community members, who highlighted the economic and infrastructural benefits. However, concerns were raised about environmental impacts, particularly in regard to marine turtle compliance, and the potential strain on local infrastructure.

The board also addressed the conditional use permit’s general conditions, emphasizing the importance of adhering to approved plans and renderings. They discussed the necessity of a development agreement for large, complex, and long-term projects. The expertise of city officials in transportation, fire, and public works was acknowledged as the board considered potential comments and conditions on the permit.

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One notable moment during the meeting was the debate over the scale of the project, with some members questioning whether the development was too large for the beach and the potential increase in local population. Traffic impact analysis and pedestrian safety were also points of contention, with the board scrutinizing the traffic study’s methodology and the impact of changes in transportation over time.

The applicant’s representatives provided detailed presentations on various aspects of the proposed development, including architectural designs, traffic analysis, and environmental considerations. The firm’s extensive experience in high-end hospitality projects was highlighted, lending credibility to their capacity to manage the ecological challenges and logistical aspects of such a comprehensive development.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Adrian Petrila
Planning Board Officials:
David Hubbard, Greg Premer, Tom DeYampert, Tiffany Secka, Susan Konczal, Brandon Berry (Senior Planner)

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