Hotel Zamora Clears Code Hurdles

Hotel Zamora Clears Code Hurdles

An artist's rendering of the owners' vision for the new Hotel Zamora

ST. PETE BEACH – City commissioners granted the new owners of the long-abandoned Hotel Zamora permission to build 50 hotel rooms in the boutique-style hotel the new owners plan to build in the white shell sitting on the corner of 37th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.

The Hotel Zamora was in foreclosure until just over a month ago. The new owners need permission from the city to use the building for those 50 hotel rooms, because the city’s comprehensive plan allows only 325 “temporary lodging” rooms total in the Bayou Residential, Activity Center, Town Center Core, and Coquina West Districts. By allowing the Hotel Zamora 50 rooms, the four districts have 275 rooms remaining between them. After hotels use those allotted rooms, the comprehensive plan will not allow any more hotel rooms in these areas. 

Hotel Zamora owners also received permission to build a porte-cochere that will go six feet further than otherwise allowed onto the 20-foot setback. 

Finally, commissioners granted a variance to allow 69 rather than 81 parking spaces on the premises. 

The Hotel Zamora owners must get a permit within one year and receive their certificate of occupancy within two years or these approvals will no longer apply.