The Monroe County Planning Commission in was expected to decide today (Sept. 24) whether the upscale resort proposed for the old Blue Lagoon property in Key Largo, Fla., will become a reality, according to the Key West Citizen.
The five commissioners were asked to decide whether Northstar Resort Enterprises will be allowed to transfer 77 of 126 transient RV spaces from the Key Largo RV Resort to a planned upscale resort on the bay at Mile Marker 98.
During its May meeting, planners approved a major conditional use to allow Northstar, owned by Constantin Zaharia of New York, to redevelop the old Blue Lagoon Trailer Park. Northstar wants to use the 77 transferable rate-of-growth-ordinance exemptions, or TREs, to build motel rooms at the resort.
In the spring, the owners of the Key Largo RV Resort campground evicted several longtime residents so they could sell off the TREs.
Ultimately, Zaharia purchased the old campground so he could transfer the TREs. At the May meeting, he sweetened the pot by promising to construct affordable housing at the campground site at Mile Marker 106.
Some neighbors of the proposed resort have voiced opposition to the transfer because they fear the resort will become another Holiday Isle, an Islamorada resort that has become a mecca for day-trippers from the Miami area with big events and music.
Supporters of the project point out that the resort would replace what had become a run-down trailer park where drugs and illegal sewage disposal practices had become a health hazard.