City facing litigation over Beach Drive home

Alan Laird litigation

This structure at 718 Beach Drive is at the center of pending litigation between the city of Destin and Alan Laird, who owns the neighboring property.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 16:36 PM.

A building and due process debate is taking shape along Beach Drive, and a lawsuit has been filed seeking resolution.

The building in question is a large structure located at 718 Beach Drive. From the outside, the building appears to be nothing more than a storage shed, but according to city officials the building is actually a residential dwelling and meets all city codes and criteria.

But for the property's neighbor, Alan Laird, the home, if you will, doesn't fit the character of the neighborhood, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf. Laird actually sold the property to its current owner in 2010 for $330,000.

Based on the document, Laird is suing the city of Destin and its Board of Adjustments after the body denied his administrative appeal that challenged the city's issuance of a building permit for the home.

The lawsuit alleges that Laird was denied due process and a "gross miscarriage of justice occurred" when the appeal was denied.

Under city codes, an appeal to the issuance of any building permit must be filed 30 days after the original building permit was issued. In this case, the permit was issued on May 21.

Laird, according to the lawsuit, filed an application for appeal Oct. 18, and it was ultimately rejected and returned with application on Oct. 25.

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