Famed Captiva resort opening in February 2006
Charley washed and blew much of the 600-unit resort down to the foundation, so owners MeriStar Hospitality Corp. and dozens of individual unit owners agreed to pour more than $140-million into a 17-month rebuilding. Most of the bill is supposed to be paid by insurance, but how much is being negotiated.
“The result is a brand new property,” said Chris van der Baars, general manager of the resort once known as South Seas Plantation. “It’s so different that sometimes I end up in a spot where I have to wonder for a second exactly where I am and what it used to be.”
South Seas is a specialplace for me as it was during a vacation at this resort that I discovered the real estate investing opportunities that exist in SW Florida. I am amazed at just how many SW Floridians first exposure to the region was a vaction at South Seas.
Captiva resort reborn after Hurricane Charley damage [St. Petersburg Times]