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Photo by Nomeus, 2012

Treasure Island Inn

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Photo: A postcard which shows some of the Polynesian style it used to have.

Known under various names such as the Treasure Island Resort or Treasure Island Inn, the 11-story, 227-room structure was built in 1974 along the sandy shores of Daytona Beach and residing where the Treasure Island Motel used to be.

It featured a tiki garden with a bar, two swimming pools, conference facilities, the Billy Bone’s Tavern, and a grand entrance with a huge wooden, Polynesian-style, overhanging roof.

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Photo: Postcard from 1989.

Like the Glass Bank in Cocoa Beach, the hotel sustained huge amounts of damage after the 2004 hurricane season and was closed down by the end of summer. The owners, Bray & Gillespie LLC, stated it would reopen by June 2005, but work halted during it’s reconstruction after a legal dispute with the construction company hired to repair the building. To make matters worse, Bray & Gillespie who used to own over 35 hotels in the Daytona area filed for bankruptcy.

When the city of Daytona Beach Shores filed suit in 2011 to get the building torn down, a dozen defendants were named because it was that unclear who owned it because of all the liens, bankruptcies, suits and countersuits. In the end, the court determined the property was under the ownership of RAIT Financial Trust, the lien holder.

Afterwards, an agreement was established which required RAIT to either demolish or restore the building within the next year. In return, the city would forgive about $167,000 of the more than $800,000 in code enforcement fines the property has racked up over the past decade.

Rather then demolishing the building, RAIT began cleaning the area around the property with the idea of restoring it. But as of now, the building remains as it has for the past 10 years; a hulking eyesore where only scrappers and the curious individual goes.

Photo by Nomeus, 2010
Photo(Nomeus, 2012 – Flurbex.com): Much of the inside has been scrapped of any valuable wiring or piping.

Photographer: Nomeus
Year Taken: 2010-2012
Website: FLURBEX

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Photo by Bullet, 2011

Viking Motel

Photo by Bullet, 2011
Photo(Bullet, 2011): The Viking Motel was heavily themed and included a mini golf course next door.

Located on Hwy 192 in Kissimmee, the Viking Motel opened in 1992 during the height of tourism in the area.

According to their website, they offered free wi-fi in all of their rooms, cable television with all the local channels and 3 HBO channels, and the rooms are cleaned daily with environmentally “green” cleansers. They eventually added a miniature golf course next door.

They had also pride themselves on the wonderful reviews that had gotten since opening. Since there isn’t much history, let’s read some…

8/4/06-THE FIRST AND ONLY THING I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THAT THEY ARE NEEDING TO FIND NEW FRONT DESK CLECKS FOR THE NIGHTS!Rude will not even come close to telling the horrors that i faced when checking out the other night. The young man working at the desk was into playing on the computer more than talking to me to see what the problem was, and the lady that was with him was more worried with what he was doing at the time. If not for them it would not be a bad motel, maybe in the future when the owners wise up and them two are gone the place will be ok. But for now sadly no time in the near future will i be staying at the viking motel.

12/18/09-Liked um, the constant employee drunken rampages all day all night. The Motel is home to quite the elite group of “men.” The gay crack-head always fun for late nights out in the ghetto of Orlando FL, or the “Viking’s” most hoarded, wreched, disturbing, and uncleany drunks and possible a giant vermit man. Thiss array allows the vistor a look at what happens truly when u DON”T say NO to DRUGS!!!!

Well, what did you expect for $35 a night? The motel closed down in 2010, another victim of the economic depression. It remained vacant until it was demolished in 2013. Oddly enough, their website is still up though.

Photographer: Bullet
Year Taken: 2011
Website: Abandoned Florida

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Photo by Nomeus, 2010 - Flurbex.com

Grand Bay Hotel

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Photo: Construction on the new Grand Bay Hotel in Coconut Grove.

The Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel was built in 1983, a 12-story pyramid shaped hotel which featured Mediterranean and traditional European touches with a tropical flair. Inside, the lobby featured crystal chandeliers, a huge tree-truck slab table, oriental rungs which covered the terra-cotta tiled floors and tropical plants throughout. More of a boutique hotel, only 177 rooms were offered, 47 of those which were suites. The rooms were described as having baby grand pianos, spiral stairways, canopied beds, and bathtubs as big as volcano craters.

Michael Jackson and his entourage occupied two floors during their stay in 1984 before the late singer’s Orange Bowl concert. It was said one of the penthouse suites were decorated with an Egyptian flair to accommodate his needs.

The Grand Cafe sat on the ground floor, where French chefs served Everglades frog legs with sheep’s cheese polenta and other delicacies. The top floor was occupied by the prestigious Regine’s night club. A private elevator, apart from the regular elevator serving the hotel, brought members to the club. The carpets were burgundy and gold, the walls were glass engraved with 1930s Art Deco design, and the ceiling were mirrored. Sliding glass doors separated the restaurant from the dance floor, where the most exquisite French cuisine was served.

In 1987, the Grand Bay Hotel was the only hotel south of Palm Beach to win a coveted fifth star from Mobil travel inspectors.

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Photo(Miami Herald, 1986): Doormen at the Grand bay Hotel.

The hotel was sold in 1989 to ‘Continental Companies’, the group which built and managed the hotel since it opened in October 1983. It was sold by Equitable Real Estate Investment Management Inc. for an undisclosed amount, but was estimated to be more than $35 million; the cost of building and furnishing the hotel.

In 1998, renovation work was done to the building which included the addition of 90 rooms and suites, a new restaurant and a 7,500 square foot ballroom.

Merco Group, a Miami-based real-estate developer, bought the Grand Hotel in 2005 with the idea of renovating it to restore it to its glorious status of the 1980s. Needing a renovation loan, Caixa Galicia stepped forward in late 2006. At the time time, the bank was riding the real estate bubble in Spain and had established a branch in Miami, who largely made development loans in South Florida.

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Photo(Nomeus, 2010 – Flurbex.com): The hotel was closed in 2008 for renovations but never reopened.

Merco Group closed the Grand Bay in 2008 for renovations, but the project stalled as the bank cut funding due to Merco Group defaulying on the loan by not making monthly payments, not paying property taxes, not maintaining insurance and allowing te property to “go to waste”. That same year, Merco Group lost the trademark rights to the Wyndham name in a $5 million judgement from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. The judgment called for Merco Group to change the name because it stopped paying the franchise fee in 2006.

Caixa Galicia filed a foreclosure lawsuit against Merco Group in 2009 for failing to repay the $38.7 million mortgage. Merco Group had been hit with multiple lawsuits that year on many of it’s other projects in South Florida and would have to deal with another foreclosure lawsuit a year later on one their residential projects.

In 2011, the rotting hotel along with Merco Group’s office building next door were surrendered over to the newly merged bank, Novacaixiagalicia.

Terra Group, who have built a handful of condominiums, paid $24 million for the run-down hotel and $3.4 million for the adjacent office building. The group planned to build two 20-story glass and steel, twisting towers on the property; the north tower would have 59 units and the south tower will have 37 units. Demolition of the Grand Bay Hotel occurred in January 2013.

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Photo: The Grand Bay Hotel was demolished in January 2013 to make way for a $400 million condominium project.

Photographer: Nomeus
Year Taken: 2010
Website: FLURBEX

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