City Of Bonita Springs-LogoFor the second time in the past two months, the Bonita Springs City Council has voted to go against a decision by the city’s zoning board and approve a new hotel along the Bonita Beach Rd. corridor.

By a 4 to 3 vote, the council members have approved the rezoning of 19 acres for the construction of a 260 room resort hotel, that together with already approved construction projects, will front the north side of Bonita Beach Rd. from Imperial River Rd. to Meadowlark Ln.

Developer Omer Dror, a principal in the Bonita Village condominium complex which is adjacent to the proposed resort, scaled back his original plans for 390 hotel rooms after the idea was rejected by the city’s zoning board over worries about additional traffic on Bonita Beach Rd.

Dror also announced plans to build 140 additional condominiums within the Bonita Village complex. To ease additional traffic concerns, the developer has proposed a shuttle service from the resort and condominiums to the beach, airport and shopping venues. Currently, Bonita Village residents have one shuttle van for beach transportation and Dror’s plans include adding at least five vans to the shuttle fleet.

Bonita Village AerialThe proposed hotel would be “green” and “eco-friendly” and include “living” building facades covered in vegetation Dror said. A parking garage is also planned.

The developers plans include 23,000 square feet of commercial space within the project.

Just last month the Bonita Springs City Council overrode a vote by the zoning board and granted approval for construction of a 52 room hotel on Bonita Beach Rd. between Michigan and Wisconsin streets.