Friday, March 25, 2011

Pink Palace make-or-break deal for DDA

Stood under the green-and-white canvas awning at the “Pink Palace” the other morning.

Imagined people coming and going, families piling out of vans for a weekend stay, luggage lining the curb at the 10th Street West entrance.

A future 115-room Hampton Inn and Suites?


Sherri and I have stayed at a few in north Florida and Georgia.

Good beds. Great breakfasts.

We’ll have to see what a downtown Hampton has to offer.

If it comes to pass.

That the national hotel chain is a confirmed part of the Downtown Development Authority’s negotiation with Widewaters Group, Inc., the property owners and developers, is progress.

Having an actual name is more than we’ve had before.

Since the Riverpark Hotel & Senior Residence gave way to the Riverpark Grande, it’s been seven years of empty promises and dashed hopes.

Read more in Sunday's Mannix About Manatee on

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