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Navarre Beach rezoning change
Some people who live in Navarre Beach are worried about having more neighbors than they expected.
A proposed zoning change is turning out to be controversial.
Laura Hussey "We're on the far west end of Navarre Beach, it's pretty quiet here. There are some three story condos, some single family homes. But a proposal to change zoning, from the man that controls this piece of land, could potentially change the look of things"
Right now, this part of the island is zoned medium density, allowing eighty units on this eight acre parcel.
A change requested by Dr. Steve Hering would allow up to 240.
Linda Coley "We're already having water and sewer problems and we're wondering how much more the island can stand. Traffic is a huge concern"
The president of the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association says members are worried this change would increase density on other vacant parcels too.
Linda "Most of us do not want a Destin over here, we like it quiet"
A rep for Dr. Hering says they met with leaseholders, and made concessions including a nine-story limit and a thirty-unit per acre cap.
He says they have a historic lease to develop an RV park on the property, but were trying to present an option people might find more agreeable.
A longtime Navarre real estate broker says very few attempts to increase density on the beach island have been successful.
Tom Schumack "As you increase the population, we are on a barrier island and it is sensitive, and the more people that get out here, the harder it is for people to get on and off when you do have emergencies"
For now, developers say they'll withdraw their request to appear in front of the zoning board Thursday night, so the two sides can try to find agreement.
Laura Hussey "A rep for the developer says they do hope to meet with the Leaseholders again, and as he puts it, solve the problem on the front end."