Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel demolition set for July 8

Author: Nancy Semon, Gulfshore Business

After numerous delays, the demolition of Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel will begin next month. Interior demolition will start July 8, attorney Derek Rooney, who represents property owner Amer Asmar, told the Punta Gorda Code Enforcement Board on June 26. 

Rooney plans to appeal the city’s code requirement that the parking lot be ripped up in the demolition process, as the owner is designing site plans for a new hotel that could use the parking lot. 

“Unfortunately, I’m not involved in the site-planning process, and I do not know Mr. Asmar’s ultimate plans. I can only reiterate, as I did in prior hearings, that [Hurricane Ian] has been a disaster for Mr. Asmar, like all of us, and he did not desire to demolish the hotel but unfortunately has no other options,” Rooney said.

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