St. George Island, Fla., businessman Walter Armistead has won his suit against officials in Franklin County, after Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled Jan. 16 that county commissioners denied him due process when they decided in April not to approve a site plan for an RV park on St. George Island.
According to The Times, in his five-page decision, rendered three weeks after a Dec. 28 hearing, Lewis quashed the commissioners 4-1 decision last April to deny approval for a 10-site RV park on an undeveloped parcel of land across Franklin Boulevard from the Piggly Wiggly Express and adjacent to the St. George Island boat ramp.
Lewis noted in his ruling that he was not addressing any view on the merits of putting in an RV park, but only on the process conducted by the county in handling the site plan put before them by Armistead’s company, Franklin Boulevard Development LLC.
“The record reflects that the (county commissioners) made a motion on (the site plan) before it afford (him) an opportunity to present evidence on the matter,” wrote Lewis. “The record establishes that the (commissioners) failed to properly conduct a quasi-judicial hearing on the (site plan).”
The judge ordered the county to grant Armistead a site plan review within a “reasonable” period of time.
In an interview after the court’s decision, Armistead said that he intends to resubmit the site plan and would be willing to discuss modifications with county staff prior to that.
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