By Larry Barszewski
Plaza del Mar expects to welcome a medical tenant — Laser & Skin Center of Palm Beach — into remodeled space at its west end, based on an approval received at the Town Commission’s Dec. 13 meeting.
The practice will be operated by Tatyana Nektalova, a board-certified dermatologist who previously worked in Tribeca and the Upper East Side in New York City. It will offer comprehensive medical, cosmetic and surgical care.
Nektalova needed Town Commission approval for a dermatological office at the plaza. The approval is required so the town can review the overall makeup of the plaza and make sure there aren’t too many non-commercial businesses there.
“It was set up originally so that could not just become a medical plaza,” Mayor Keith Waters said of the approval process.
“I think it’s timely and perfectly placed as an opportunity for the community,” Waters said of the dermatology practice. “The idea is to keep a balance in that plaza. We don’t want to overweight it with anything.”
Commissioners unanimously approved the dermatology use in Unit 205, between the dry cleaners and nail salon. The practice will include minimally invasive procedures, such as removal of skin cancer and cysts.
In some ways, Nektalova is following her former customers here. She told commissioners a number of her clients, some of whom she said worked at Goldman Sachs, were part of the pandemic migration that brought about an influx of New Yorkers to Southeast Florida.
Nektalova said she found a need for a practice on Palm Beach County’s barrier islands.
“There currently is no dermatologist in the entire Palm Beach area, so from Palm Beach island to Manalapan all of the doctors are in West Palm Beach predominantly,” Nektalova said. “There are some spas offering cosmetic services, but they’re not board certified.”
Besides approval of the dermatology operation, town commissioners in other action Dec. 13:
-- Reviewed steps for a voter referendum that would require voter approval of any attempt to sell the town’s water plant in the future, so a future commission couldn’t take such an important step on its own. The referendum isn’t expected to go before voters until March 2024, so it will probably be May or so before the commission starts working on language for the charter change.
-- Discussed, but made no decision on, adjusting construction work hours to possibly require contractors to end earlier on Saturdays. Commissioner Aileen Carlucci said it might be of benefit for residents to have the allowed construction limit on Saturdays scaled back from 6:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.