The Colony’s future?
I have no idea what the judge will decide. I have given up on Murf Klauber predictions in a court of law, but King Solomon himself couldn’t put humpty dumpty back together again.
In order for the hotel and all its accessory buildings to be rebuilt to conformity with current FEMA and state hurricane codes, construction costs will be expensive. If the physical plant had been maintained so that any rehab would not involve FEMA or state hurricane standards, the Colony could have staggered along, but unless the testimony I read is incorrect, there needs to be extensive work done. To realize the return on such an investment, the hotel will have to be in the five-star luxury designations not the family resort of yore.
This is not to suggest that this might not be a good thing for the community, but it should put the town on notice that if they want to have a say in what is built there, it should be discussed now. Not only must the issue of height and density be addressed, but also the make-up of peripheral commercial operations attached to a rebuilt tourist area should be specifically delineated. No one needs a repeat of the countless disputes that dogged the last “Murf Klauber vs. everybody” dramas.
What happens in the courts will affect the litigants, but the 18 acres situated in the middle of the key is too important for the local government not set some guidelines that will ensure a happy relationship for all concerned.
I read Commissioner Lynn Larson’s remarks on the kick-off on her reelection bid. She wrote that she believes in people taking care of their own financial situation, which is just shorthand for declaring for the abolition of pensions. She also wants to investigate the closing of the police, emergency services and Fire-Rescue Department and turning them over to the two counties. And I thought Michele Bachmann was the crazy one.