The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key, Florida, has been vacant for years, but the city is still pouring funds into the structure through major repairs. The subject has been a major topic of contention for the city, and the latest row has been over the question of whether to begin routine maintenance on the unused facility.
According to the Herald Tribune, Longboat Key city officials say maintenance crews have neglected basic functions like mowing the lawn and other work, which is only the latest of several reports that the hopeful reopening of the once-renowned resort will likely be delayed. The Colony first received a notice from town manager David Bullock in late November, which said the resort's homeowner group must take responsibility for fixing the broken doors, taming unruly lawns and shrubs and solve the pest control problem that is rampant on the property.
Although the property owners are in the planning stages of revamping the resort to open it again in the near future, the town said it is still responsible for keeping up with routine maintenance management, per the terms of a resolution passed by the town legislature earlier in 2012.
According to the media outlet, if the HOA does not comply with the town's request, Bullock will be authorized to enforce code fees.
"Some people at the neighboring properties have complained about the condition of the buildings there," said Robin Meyer, Longboat Key's planning, zoning and building director. "It is very clear what needs to be done. The property needs to be cleaned up."
Many of the problems surrounding the lack of maintenance area attributed to confusion over land ownership. The HOA owns all of the resort's condos, but one three-acre plot, the swimming pool and tennis courts are owned by an outside land developer.
According to a separate article in the Tribune, the HOA and the developer plan to have the resort back up and running by 2015, but only after millions of dollars are pumped into the facility.
During any renovation, contractors must adhere to strict regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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