Destin May Buy Vacant Beach Lot
By Tony Judnich, The Destin Log, May 3, 2017
DESTIN — On May 15 the City Council discussed the possibility of the city buying the controversial Parcel B along East Pass and using the land for a public beach.
If purchased by the city, the parcel could become Destin’s second-largest city-owned beach property, after the soon-to-be stabilized Norriego Point.
The vacant 11.7-acre Parcel B, next to Destin Pointe on the west end of Holiday Isle, is owned by Peter Bos and associates. Bos is the president/CEO of Legendary LLC and the developer of the Emerald Grande resort.
The potential cost of Parcel B and possible ways to pay for it could be part of the May 15 discussion, Destin spokesman Doug Rainer said Wednesday. Also, the council might consider having city Land Use Attorney Kimberly Kopp enter discussions with Bos’ attorney, Dana Matthews, about the purchase.
Parcel B’s assessed value is $434,654, according to the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser’s Office. The property last changed hands in September 2012 when Aqua Development LLC purchased it from a bank for almost $4.2 million. As the 2012 transaction proved, any future sale price would be considerably higher than the assessed value.
The latest controversy about Parcel B centered on a portable toilet that Legendary had placed there last summer for visitors from the Emerald Grande. Bos has said that the toilet was set up after Destin Pointe residents complained that people were using the sand dunes as restrooms. Legendary had the toilet removed last fall at the end of the tourist season.
The resulting public outcry over the issue, however, led to proposed city rules on individual, standalone portable toilets. The council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance to limit such toilets to the sites of permitted construction projects and permitted special events.
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