VICTORY: Judge Says NO to Embassy Suites Water Park

Many Beach residents were already frustrated by the height of the hotel, which ended up being more than 50 feet tall in a city with a 35-foot height limit. When the original development plans for the Embassy Suites were approved in 2015, officials argued that the 35-foot limit for the hotel should be measured from the first floor of habitable space because the building had to be elevated for flood insurance purposes.

The court ruling was issued Wednesday by Circuit Judge R. Lee Smith. In his summary, the judge stated: “The court finds that there exists substantial competent evidence supporting the written findings that ‘there was evidence of adverse visual impact on the surrounding environment’ and ‘the proposed structure and usage was incompatible with surrounding uses.’”

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