The chairman and CEO of Loeb Partners Realty told the Town Commission Friday, Jan. 8 that The Longboat Key Cub and Resort’s Islandside project it is proposing is a long-term investment for his company’s more than $3 billion U.S. real-estate portfolio.
“It’s one of my favorite properties in our portfolio, and I own a piece of it myself,” Lesser said.
Lesser told the commission that “not one dime” of the resort’s profits has been distributed to company investors over the last 10 years, so the property’s profits can be funneled back into projects such as The Tennis Gardens, the purchase of the Harbourside marina and the Islandside project.
“The investors are not happy with us, but we reiterate the Longboat Key property is a long-term asset,” Lesser said. “It’s essential we remain competitive with other destination resorts in Florida to attract consumers and achieve a reasonable return on our investment.”
Lesser said the project was rejected several times before General Manager Michael Welly convinced him to move forward with the $400 million project.
“We rejected this plan many times because of the equity and financing involved with it,” Lesser said. “We hope you will approve the redevelopment on mutually acceptable terms so we can help this island and give it the potential it deserves.”
Lesser told the commission his company “is ready to roll up its sleeves” and find financing as soon as the project is approved.
“I am convinced this project is the only way we can compete with other destination resorts around the country,” Lesser said. “We feel we must improve the club or it will disintegrate and get worse.”
Lesser told Islandside Property Owners Coalition attorney Michael Furen that he could not guarantee the five-star hotel would be built.
Said Lesser: “I can tell you it’s our intent to do so. We wouldn’t have spent the money we have in preparation for this project otherwise.”
Contact Kurt Schultheis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently 0 Responses
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
23 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.