Mexico Beach council awaits second opinion on Parker House foundation

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

Another week passes in Mexico Beach and the Parker House still stands empty and charred.

During a workshop two weeks ago the city council agreed to have a third party evaluate the foundation slab beneath the Parker House.

The city’s insurance company has insisted that the slab is safe to build on but hasn’t provided the statement in writing.

During the council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, city administrator Chris Hubbard said that he contacted several structural engineers in the surrounding area and is currently awaiting proposals to see how much it will cost to bring someone in to evaluate the existing foundation.

Councilman Jack Mullen said that he planned to meet with the insurance company and to discuss the council’s desire to build an elevator in the existing Parker House in the event that repairs are made to the existing building.

The city received an insurance payment of $660,000 but Mullen said he planned to ask why additional monies had not been paid in over a year.

“We have some money but we still have unanswered questions,” said Mullen. “Face-to-face contact is the way to get it done.”

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