Vol. 14 No. 19 - March 5, 2014
After more than a decade of ups and downs, highs and lows, elation and frustration, the proposed resort project now known as Mainsail looks like it actually may be built in Holmes Beach.
Following the city's approval of a settlement agreement last week, the development appears to have overcome its critics and months of intense scrutiny by commissioners.
The resulting agreement has gained the support of neighbors and city officials and has avoided costly litigation between the company and the city.
More importantly, the project now can move forward to its next phase, which will include redrawing the buildings and preparation of a detailed site plan, all of which must be resubmitted to the city for approval.
Last week's unanimous vote, however, is a significant step toward finally getting the project off the ground. The finished product will include guest units, a restaurant and a hotel that company officials describe as an "old Florida fishing lodge."
"We'll carry that theme through in the way it will look and feel," Mainsail president Joe Collier said. "We're finally getting underway. We've got a great project."
We agree that the potential is there for the development to be something very special for the Island. And we congratulate Holmes Beach city officials as well as Mainsail representatives for actually coming together, despite the tensions and disagreements, and crafting an agreement that looks to be a win-win for everyone.
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