The Belleview Biltmore Resort first opened her doors in 1897. By the mid-1920s, she had grown to be the largest occupied wooden structure in the world, and for well over a century, she welcomed visitors to step back in time and marvel at her historic beauty. A few years ago, when developers wanted to tear her down to make room for more condominiums, the Town of Belleair, which was literally built around the Resort, came to her rescue by incorporating a historic preservation ordinance into the Town Charter.
When the Belleview Biltmore Resort closed on 5/31/09 to undergo an extensive renovation, I established this website to both chronicle my efforts to write and publish a paranormal novel collection, under the title “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore”, and to provide renovation updates. Unfortunately, while the restoration was delayed by two law suits, the real estate market collapsed. Investors backed out and the owners defaulted on the mortgage – but not before gutting the hotel and beginning the internal demolition, in preparation for the renovation. In lieu of foreclosure; the property was sold in January, 2011.
The current owners are not interested in repairing/renovating the Resort and have expressed a willingness to sell the hotel, golf course and beach property as separate entities, which would be a tragedy for the Resort. Saving the hotel will require a new owner and the joint efforts of supporters throughout the world. Therefore, in addition to offering updates, I want to connect individuals who share common goals related to saving and restoring the Belleview Biltmore Resort and provide information about fundraising opportunities.
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