Walton Sun may have answers for Sandor leaving

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  1. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    This morning's Walton Sun p. A3 has an article entitled, "Downtown Seagrove planners seek community input," which has a sketch of condos and a hotel being on the corner of 30A and 395. It looks as though it would extend from 30A at least to Sandor's. Their will be a community meeting regarding the new "Downtown Seagrove" on Feb 17 at the Seaside Meeting Hall, behind Modica Market, at 5:00pm

    The sketch depicts a very blah (bland) building, looking a little like a panama city beach motel. ( I may puke at the meeting, maybe on the drawings if they look anything like the sketch. My doing so would only improve the looks of the building by adding some chunky substances.)
     
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    ....and the hits just keep on coming :twisted:
     
  3. dusty

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    Hi, I appreciate this board.

    What about the Seagrove market? And the little gift shop near there on 30-A, Through the Garden or something like that? Would these be consumed by the new plans?
     
  4. Smiling JOe

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    Looking at the rendering, it is like I said, "It will extend from 30A, north, at least to Sandor's." My guess is that the gift shop will be gone too. Of course that is only my interpretation of an artist's rendering. I will know more after the meeting, if I can stomach my way though it.
     
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    The article says that the market will be leveled and then rebuilt exactly as it is.

    If you mean the gift shop "Pickets" - I don't think it will extend over that far.
     
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    Thanks, I was thinking of Pickets. You walk through a little garden to get to the shop.
     
  7. RiverOtter

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    Surley there would be enough pressure from residents not to put some POC up! SJ, throw some of your high powered influence around and get this thing fixed.
     
  8. Smiling JOe

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    The meeting is only a "Community Meeting" to pitch there property, but it is all fluff. The developer would not let a few noisy locals stop anything. Heck, look at the Grayton Grand.
     
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    Sounds like the way stuff goes down in the Nooga.
     
  10. Smiling JOe

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    Reminder for any locals or interested folks in the area tomorrow: "Downtown Seagrove" meeting will be held Thursday, Feb 17, at 5:00pm at the Seaside Community Center, located behind Modica's.
     
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    Well what do you expect? Just the land seagrove market is located on is worth about 3 million dollars. George, the owner of seagrove market and also smiling fish is selling out. Everybody is selling out.The land is getting so expensive the owners can't pay the taxes with the profit they make. Hence the reason every cafe in south walton is expenisve, fine dining. South Walton is on the fast track to becoming America's New French Riviera, and after St. Joe runs out of land to develope their going to make sure everybody in the world has easy access to this new paradise. You all just think south walton has grown, the next 10 years are going to be explosive.
     
  12. kurt

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    It will always be the redneck riviera to me. :cool:

    St. Joe is not waiting until they run out of land to get people here. They are doing it now. I agree about the next ten years. Just the new airport and 331 widening will completely change the area, and the building will continue. Every bit of commercial property along 98 will be built on. It has just begun.
     
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    Seagrove Village Market and Smiling Fish are owned by 2 different Georges. I don't believe Smiling Fish is going anywhere and it is definitely worth a visit. Try the Chicken Tortilla salad for lunch!
     
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    Did anyone go to this and can give a report?
     
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    Some residents don?t think anything should be built at the corner of County Roads 395 and 30A without planning for the growth it will bring.
    "There just isn?t the infrastructure to keep building," Gale Culling, a Seagrove resident said.
    "We already have major traffic problems here," she said. "We don?t have plans to make it better."
    A group of local developers are planning to revamp the one-and-a-half acre block that runs from the northwest corner of County Road 395 and 30A to Grove Avenue.
    "We are trying to do one unified project that does more to enhance the Seagrove area than it does to destroy it," Billy McConnell, local Realtor and spokesperson said.
    "Traffic concurrency is being studied," he said.
    There will be an opportunity to voice to opinions about the project at a community meeting on Feb. 17 at the Seaside Meeting Hall (behind Modica Market), at 5 p.m.
    "Nothing is set in stone, this is just our vision," McConnell said. In McConnell and his partners? vision, the block will get a new look but keep some of its more familiar elements.
    Current plans call for a new 30-room hotel called Seagrove Hotel to be built.
    "It will have an exclusive destination spa orientation," McConnell said.
    Next door, Seagrove Village Market Caf? will be leveled then rebuilt "exactly as it is," McConnell said, "you won?t be able to tell the difference."
    He said the age-deteriorated building would not be suitable for business much longer if left as is.
    Seagrove founders, Cube McGee, Sr. and Cube McGee Jr, built the market 56 years ago. McConnell said he and his partners plan to keep the front fa?ade of the building if it is structurally feasible.
    As planned now, the new Downtown Seagrove would include aesthetically unified commercial space in the building along CR 395. Ten new condos will reflect the same architectural style.
    The western lot on CR 30A will remain a green area. Plans are to take the bike path through the park area instead of along the street.
    A 94-unit underground parking lot would be under the hotel. A designated area will be for hotel and spa guests and a larger portion of the lot will be for people enjoying Downtown Seagrove, McConnell said.
    "Nothing has been approved," Chip Haring, a Seagrove resident involved in the project said. "We are working with county officials to make sure we are doing it right."
    Shortly after the community meeting, developers will submit a pre-application to the county, McConnell said. If everything goes as planned, the project should take about two years.
    "All of their comments and ideas will be brought into consideration (at the community meeting)," McConnell said.
    "It needs to be done right," Haring said.
    Doing it "right" includes keeping the old growth of oak trees and putting in more green than is taken out, McConnell said.
     

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