Madeira Beach May Allow Higher Density

The proposal is an effort to boost tourism which creates jobs, supports businesses and generates sales tax and other revenue for local governments. Many Madeira Beach businesses, like those at John’s Pass Village, depend greatly on tourism.

City officials have come up with a plan to increase densities in area zoned for tourist accommodations to 100 units per acre for parcels up to 3 acres and 125 units for larger parcels. The proposal is similar to the “Beach by Design Plan” in Clearwater Beach, which has brought new major hotel developments to Clearwater Beach.

Higher densities may also allow hotels and motels to have restaurants on their properties, which are few and far between on the beach side of Gulf Blvd.