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Longboat Key Club and Resort Receives Approval for $400 Million
Redevelopment Plan; the Condominium Resort Will Redesign
Golf Course, Add  a Hotel with 196 Rooms and
76 Private Residences

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (July 23, 2010) – Longboat Key Club and Resort received approval for its $400 million redevelopment plan on June 30, 2010. The Longboat Key Town Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve the Club’s plan—marking a significant step for the future redevelopment of Longboat Key.

“High-end tourist resorts like Longboat Key Club and Resort require periodic, extensive renovations to remain competitive and attractive,” said Michael Welly, General Manager of Longboat Key Club and Resort. “Not only are these enhancements vital to the Club’s future, they also will help support the island’s property values and the town’s economic health for years to come.”

The approval of the Club’s redevelopment heralds a new vision for the future of Longboat Key and demonstrates that this premier resort community supports best redevelopment practices and welcomes first-class enhancements that are sensitive to the environment and the community.

Peter Yesawich, travel expert and Chairman and CEO of the Ypartnership, commented, “This approval will enable Longboat Key Club and Resort to compete more effectively with Florida’s finest beachfront resorts. The Club’s investment will help stimulate the local economy and create renewed interest in the area by attracting more affluent travelers and families.”

The $400 million redevelopment of the Club’s Islandside property includes:

  • Rees Jones redesigned 18-hole golf course
  • A new five-star, green certified, hotel with 196 rooms and 76 private residences
  • A new Wellness Center with enhanced spa, fitness facilities, and rooftop lap pool
  • A new Meeting Center with 17,000 square feet of usable meeting space
  • A new golf clubhouse, restaurant, and pro shop
  • Five luxury villas along the golf course with a total of 32 residences
  • Three luxury townhome villas along new Pass Cove with a total of 20 residences
  • One luxury condominium building with a total of 27 residences adjacent to the new hotel along New Pass Cove
  • Beautiful lush landscaping and pedestrian walkways designed by the internationally acclaimed landscape architect firm EDSA
  • New feature swimming pools, pool bar, and an adjacent active children’s pool with extensive landscaping, lighting, and zero entry design
  • Four state-of-the-art HydroGrid tennis courts
The Club’s redevelopment contains 196 tourism units and 155 residential units for a total density of 351 units.

According to a study conducted by leading Florida economist Hank Fishkind, the Club’s redevelopment will have “a very substantial and positive fiscal impact on the Town’s budget and surrounding real estate values. Additionally, Fishkind found that surrounding home values on Longboat key will increase an estimated seven to 12 percent above overall market appreciation as a direct result of the Club’s revitalization.

The $400 million project will provide more than 500 jobs to the Sarasota area where 1 in 10 residents are employed within the tourism industry. An enhanced and refreshed Club will attract future generations of affluent, upscale visitors who return as homebuyers—increasing the demand for local real estate and supporting local businesses and the tax base.

The Club proposes to privately finance this $400 million investment in Longboat Key—upgrading its facilities and recreational amenities—without assessing its Club members or seeking money and tax breaks from the Town.

Longboat Key Club and Resort is Sarasota, Florida’s premier AAA Four-Diamond beachfront resort and private club with a growing list of unparalleled amenities and guest services. The Club’s existing resort offers 218 newly renovated rooms and suites with private balconies and features on-site amenities that include: 45 holes of championship golf with instruction available; 25 Har-Tru tennis courts with instruction available; a fully-equipped Fitness Centre with personal trainers; Island House Spa with 12 treatment rooms and more than 50 services; six unique restaurants; a 291 slip deep-water marina; and a private white sand beach. 


Longboat Key Club & Resort
442 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key Club
FL 34228-4034

Also See: Facing Extensive Upgrades, The 30 Year Old Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites at Longboat Key, Florida to be Demolished / Sept 2003

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