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Key Club adding “Grand Entrance” to South Longboat Islandside Resort

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Job interviews. Real estate. Resorts. In each of these dimensions, first impressions mean everything. And no business category is more focused on renewal and the necessity to capture the market than luxury resorts.

To that end and what marks the beginning of what will be a much larger transformation, the Longboat Key Club is in the midst of transforming its entrance off of Gulf of Mexico Drive into its Islandside Resort.

“This will accentuate the sense of arrival to the resort and golf course, but also for the owners of the numerous residences behind the gates,” said Longboat Key Club General Manager Jeff Mayers.

The former guard house, which has been in use for decades, is being replaced about 50 feet to the north and the entire entrance road is curving slightly northward and will cut back to the existing road near the current entrance to the golf course and clubhouse.

Mayers said that the golf cart barn is being rebuilt and expects the entire project to be completed in early December.

Regal palms will line the new roadway and the sculpture, ‘The Wave,’ will remain in its present location.

Currently, this is the only plan that has been submitted by the Key Club owners, Ocean Properties, but eventually a new hotel is slated to be built along New Pass.

Ocean Properties received approval by Longboat Key voters in 2015 to convert 250 residential units that it was entitled to build into tourism units.

That approval will form the basis for the hotel, which will be joined by a 48-unit condominium at the site of the current Chart House Restaurant and a 45-unit condominium on the west side of the existing now-closed tennis courts. Also, a previous rendering shows seven villas that will be 1.5 stories each. The Chart House has recently signed a lease extension until 2029 with no intention of closing in the near future.

These were the plans that were described to voters, but Ocean Properties has to realign the road prior to being able to accommodate the future development on its property. All future development is slated to occur south of Key Club Road.

Mayers says that the courses both at Islandside and Harbourside are in excellent shape and the $10 million Ocean Properties has spent upgrading the golfing facilities and club houses as well as the installation of paspalum grass has made all of the difference.

Mayers said the golf course at Islandside will reopen in November and the driving range will open a few weeks later. All of the future development will have to get site plan approval through the town of Longboat Key. No site plans have yet been submitted.

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1 Response for “Key Club adding “Grand Entrance” to South Longboat Islandside Resort”

  1. James Temple says:

    “That approval will form the basis for the hotel, which will be joined by a 48-unit condominium at the site of the current Chart House Restaurant”

    Does this mean we are losing the Chart House? It would be sad if we were.

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