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Charlotte County Commission inks pact with Sunseeker resort

By GREG MARTIN

SUN CORRESPONDENT

The Charlotte County Commission unanimously approved Tuesday vacating a 22-acre portion of the Charlotte Harbor community’s plat, including 4.5 acres of public road rights of way, to allow Sunseeker Florida Inc. to turn a key area near the U.S. 41 bridges into a destination resort.

The commission also unanimously approved a developer’s agreement with Sunseeker calling for the developer to widen Main Street in exchange for the rights-of-way vacation.

“This is the first step,” said Rob Berntsson, attorney for Sunseeker. “Until we have ownership, we can’t apply for permits (to develop in the waterfront).”

Sunseeker ultimately plans to build up to 940 condominium units, 275 hotel rooms, 15 bars and restaurants, a 1,000-foot swimming pool, two marinas and a public river walk, according to its website.

Above: Manhattan Road and Bridge construction crews have started the construction of an elevated foot bridge that will span the entire U.S. 41 bridge for access to the resort. Left: The Pelican Bay Motel is now an empty lot on Bayshore Road. Below: Cleanup of the former Harbor Chevron continues on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

SUN PHOTOS BY MICHELE HASKELL

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