By Jim Melican GSAC Board Member
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The eight story Naples Continental Club at 3443 Gulf Shore Blvd N (on the Gulf Side between the Vedado and Horizon Way public beach accesses) has remained unoccupied since Hurricane Ian. Although there have been offers to purchase the property, the Association has plans to fully restore the building and grounds. However, progress on the restoration has been significantly delayed by the limited performance of a contractor whom the previous board hired, which resulted in the cessation of reconstruction efforts. The current board is optimistic that the team they now have in place will obtain the necessary approvals to move the building’s key electrical components from the ground floor to a higher level, resulting in the restoration of power to the building by year-end and commencement of reconstruction efforts shortly thereafter.

Readers have asked questions regarding those few buildings in the Moorings which, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, have been shuttered or are otherwise clearly unoccupied. The five existing four-story mid-rise buildings comprising the Executive Place at 3300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N (on the Bay side just south of the Vedado public beach access point) are being demolished and, assuming the necessary city approvals will be obtained, are scheduled to be replaced by two eight story buildings with 51 residential dwelling units. These will be the tallest buildings on the east side of Gulf Shore Blvd. N in the Moorings.