FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — There’s now a brand new proprietor of Silver Sands Resort on Fort Myers Seaside.
The resort was washed away by the storm, and now solely rubble stands the place 14 items as soon as have been.
“Folks may come by boat, by jet ski or kayak,” the now former proprietor Andrea Carriere stated.
Silver Sands Resort as soon as stood throughout the road from the sand close to the guts of Fort Myers Seaside.
“It’s bittersweet,” Carriere stated. “It was my child… however you recognize, wasn’t meant to be.”
Hurricane Ian worn out the resort and he or she needed to resolve whether or not to rebuild or stroll away after 25 years.
“You realize you look ahead to the almighty insurance coverage gods and so they paid round $500,000 for a totally insured 14-unit place,” she stated.
That $500,000 is nowhere close to what she wanted to reopen Silver Sands.
“I’d say $3 million and 4 or 5 years,” she stated.
So, she made the troublesome resolution to promote it. However she stated she bought it to a neighbor.
“Tom lives proper across the nook and he’s been right here for 15 years,” Carriere stated.
Tom Torgerson is the developer for Margaritaville.
“One of many first folks that I talked to, truly we have been simply commiserating over all the pieces that occurred and I had instructed him and he stated nicely do you wanna promote? I stated, “What’s the quantity?”
They closed at $7.1 million. However Carriere stated what means probably the most is promoting it to somebody within the space who can rebuild.
“I’d prefer to see a small boutique, one thing just a little bit totally different, one thing like Key West,” she stated. “It was the final cheesy little seashore city in Florida.”
TPI has not launched its plans but.
“I do know it’s in good palms,” she stated.
This sale not solely brings a bittersweet goodbye, however it brings hope to Andrea.
“I’d like to seek out one other Silver Sands someplace. It’s not going to be on this island, however someplace,” she stated.