Setai Miami Beach owners and condo association sue city over Bulgari hotel height increase

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Rendering of the proposed Bulgari Hotel (Bulgari) via

Lawsuit alleges city improperly approved items for planned expansion of the former Seagull Hotel Miami Beach

The Setai Miami Beach’s owners and condominium association are seeking to upend the redevelopment of a neighboring property that is slated to become Bulgari’s first hotel on U.S. soil.

Setai Hotel Acquisition LLC, an entity owned by the Nakash family of Jordache Jeans fame, and the Setai Resort and Residences Condominium Association on July 6 sued the city of Miami Beach and BHMI Miami Limited Corp, a partnership between Bulgari and developer Blue Horizon Group. The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, seeks to void recent city approvals that allow expanding the ground floor and adding two floors to the shuttered Seagull Hotel Miami Beach at 100 21st Street. The complaint alleges Miami Beach officials improperly granted zoning amendments because the Bulgari development partnership dangled a $7.4 million contribution to the city.

The Nakash family’s lawyer Bradley Gould did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

The Bulgari hotel’s plans have gone through several public hearings, including in front of the Miami Beach Planning Board, twice before the city commission and, most recently, the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. All three granted unanimous approvals.

By Francisco Alvarado for 
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