By Kelli Jo Hull
For Hometown News
The Daytona Beach Shores City Council approved a development agreement and a revised site plan for a new Publix to be built replacing the existing structure on South Atlantic Avenue.
Both items were approved 4-0 at the Nov. 12 meeting.
Publix's original site plan, submitted in June, contained several inconsistencies with the city's Land Development Code. In lieu of pursuing a revision to code or a variance, Publix decided to work toward an agreement with the city in which, according to City Planner Stewart Cruz, they would receive "relief from certain requirements from code" in exchange for public benefits.
The inconsistencies are minor "landscaping standards for the most part," said Mr. Cruz, as well as a slight change from the city's exterior color standards.
Public benefits received by the city include a bus bench easement, a covered loading dock, a direct walkway from South Atlantic through the parking lot to the store entrance, a six-foot high noise reducing, decorative wall on the west side of the property, four picnic benches in adjacent McElroy Park and additional trees along the eastern and southern borders of the property.
Improvements to the Publix Supermarket will include a 1,400-square-foot liquor store on the north end of the property and an indoor and drive-through pharmacy on the south.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 after Bike Week ends, with completion expected in six to nine months.
In the interim, with just one other grocery store in the area, shoppers will be faced with few alternative options.
"I don't like it," said Debbie Smith, a Daytona beachside resident who shops in the Shores weekly. "It will mean that I'll have to go up to the Publix in Ormond, because I don't like Walmart meat and I don't like Winn Dixie." Referring to the improvements she added, "That will be great when it's all done. The pharmacy especially will be handy."
Oceans III condo resident Janet Rabe-Myer said, "It's going to be seriously inconvenient, but will be a big boon for the community when it's finished. It's a nice little Publix now, and I'm in there almost every day, but when I need a special ingredient like candied lemons, I have to go to the larger stores.
"The Shores is a lot like being in New York City in that it's vertical," Ms. Rabe-Myer said. "People living in the condos love to be able to walk to get whatever they need. Now it will be even better!"