This property is privately owned by
Carlos Yepes doing
business as REO Investments. The land was involuntarily annexed by the
City of St Petersburg in January of 2004 at the same time that
approximately 1,600 acres of wetlands were annexed with the consent of the
State of Florida but opposed by Pinellas County.
See the St. Petersburg Times article of January 30th 2004.
The property is not part of the wetlands preserve, also
known as the North Weedon Island Preserve, but is contiguous to the City
annexed wetlands. The land has no registered voter resident on the
property, which permitted annexation by the City without a public
referendum or consent of the property owner.
The sign on this property is part of a required
notification to the public that a land use and zoning designation is to be
assigned to the parcel by the City of St Petersburg as a result of the
annexation of the property. The land use and zoning codes proposed by the
City of St Petersburg for this private property are essential the same as
those previously assigned by Pinellas County. This is an action initiated
by the City of St Petersburg and not by the owner of the private property.
There are approximately 36 acres of land included in the
parcel. Of these 36 acres about 17 have been given a preservation or
wetland designation and the remaining 19 acres are residential. The 17
acres will retain their status as environmentally sensitive land under
which no development is allowed. The 19 other acres will change from their
Pinellas County zoning designation of RPD-10 to the City of St
Petersburg zoning designation of RM-10. Although there are some minor
differences in these zoning codes they are essentially the same in
the development allowed for the property. The land use designation
code of RLM for the 19 acres will remain the same.
See complete nine page description of zoning code RM-10.
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The owner of the private property has not filed a plan for
the site with the City and his intentions for use of the land are unknown.
He has however previously considered residential development of the site.
Should a site plan be filed with the City of St. Petersburg it is likely
that exceptions to land use or zoning codes will result in another public
notice and hearing regarding the use and development of the parcel.
Our thanks to Rick MacAulay of the Development Services
Department of the City of St. Petersburg for his help in clarifying the
land and zoning designation process and providing much of the information