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A rendering of what the Margaritaville resort will look like on Fort Myers Beach. (Photo: Courtesy of TPI Hospitality)

FL - Fort Myers Beach Margaritaville: Attorney files new reply, argues town engaged in illegal land deal

After months of controversy surrounding the Fort Myers Beach Margaritaville project, the resort's legal woes continue.

Despite hopes for an early 2020 start to construction on the resort that would include a 254-unit hotel, stores, restaurants and water attractions, the project is now stalled.

Recently, developer TPI Hospitality and the Fort Myers Beach Town Council agreed to rescind public land vacations that the resort needs for the project to move forward. TPI plans to reapply for the same public land under a newly proposed town ordinance that changes the vacation process. Building and demolition permits that TPI has applied for are contingent on the land being vacated, TPI spokesman John Gucciardo said at a recent council meeting.

Additionally, both TPI and Fort Myers Beach officials have faced backlash for pushing forward the project that some said will be too large, bulky and noisy for the area.

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