South Seas unveils redevelopment plans for island resort

By: South Seas
SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. - Dec. 18, 2023 - PRLog -- South Seas has unveiled a redevelopment plan that maintains Captiva Island's character and charm while modernizing the property to enhance the guest experience.

South Seas' zoning application notes structures would be rebuilt up to 45 feet above the minimum permittable habitable floor and include up to three stories over parking or commercial space. The resort's commitment to environmental sustainability will be reflected in building design, golf course design and many other initiatives. The plan maintains existing preservation space and wetlands across the resort.

"Our goal is to preserve and celebrate the history of South Seas while adding amenities, building more current hotels, luxury residential, and improving overall aesthetics," said Greg Spencer, president of the South Seas Ownership Group. "It's a thoughtful, fresh approach that will restore a sense of coastal grandeur and ultimately make South Seas the No. 1 family resort destination in the United States."

New structures will be built to withstand 185 m.p.h. winds with ample flood protection.

South Seas will maintain its existing approval to develop up to 272 residential units by building several new waterfront condominiums. The proposal includes the construction of two hotels: the north hotel would consist of 185 to 225 hotel keys and replace the Harborside Hotel which was damaged by Hurricane Ian; the south hotel would include 180 to 210 hotel keys and replace the former conference center, also damaged by the hurricane.

The redevelopment plan breaks down enhancements into two geographic areas:

South End
  • New Captiva Landing amenity with water slide, lazy river, cove pool, Flippers restaurant, arcade and Camptiva kids' club
  • Captiva Landing marina with water sports programming and potential for interpretive trail
  • Centralized resort services building
  • Beachfront condominium
  • Hotel with event space
  • Eco-friendly, all-electric golf cart rental space
  • New concept for Shops at South Seas with mix of national retailers and local businesses
North End
  • Hotel
  • Beachfront condominium
  • Bayfront condominium
  • Newly envisioned short golf course, The Clutch
  • South Seas Spa & Fitness Center
  • Beachfront restaurant, The Beach House
  • Re-engineered stormwater and drainage system

Some initiatives were already in the planning phase prior to Hurricane Ian. Under its new leadership, the total investment in resort improvements will reach the high nine figures.

"We desire to be the No. 1 family resort not just in Florida, but throughout the nation," Spencer said. "Some of these proposed upgrades were years overdue, but our vision for South Seas is to recapture our place as the favorite vacation destination of families for generations to come."

South Seas has taken a phased-reopening approach with a limited number of vacation rentals available. The slide pool has reopened, and the north pool should open by the end of December. Additional resort amenities are coming online soon. Guests can also enjoy the community's 2.5 miles of white-sand beaches.

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