Final check-out at Colony Resort

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Demolition contractors are set to demolish the final building — the mid-rise — as it was known at the site of the former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.

Longboat Key News was told the building will likely come down Monday or Tuesday of next week and crews noted the dilapidated state of the entire complex and were amazed by ledgers found on the property showing room rates once as high as $2,200 per night.

The resort was visited by President George Bush, Vice President Al Gore and numerous celebrities as well as tennis aficionados from around the world.

It was once rated the number-one tennis resort in the country and coach Nick Bolletieri started his work at the location in the 1970s.

The resort closed in 2010, following years of in-fighting between unit owners and the management and amid extensive deferred maintenance.

Orlando-based Unicorp, has received approval from the Town of Longboat Key to redevelop the 17.3-acre site into a St. Regis Hotel and Residences. Unicorp is currently in the process of dissolving the Association of Unit Owners in court and consolidating the final pieces of ownership. These acts must be accomplished before a building permit will be issued by the town.

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