Mexico Beach council awaits second opinion on Parker House foundation

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

To avoid agitating the insurance company, Councilwoman Tanya Castro suggested that Mullen wait to speak with them until after the third party evaluation was complete in order to present a counterpoint to their claim that the slab is safe to build on.

Councilman Lanny Howell agreed with Mullen that going to see the company reps in person was the best course of action.

“Go down there and talk to them and let’s get going,” said Howell.

Once discussion ended, Mullen planned to travel to Orlando later in the week for the meeting.

The historic Parker House was purchased by the city in mid-2011 with the intention of using it as a new city hall. The building caught fire several months later and suffered massive damage.

In other business, the council approved allowing a community garden to be constructed at Palms Park off of 7th Street.

The project, spearheaded by April Wisdom, will see construction of 27 raised beds that will be rented to snowbirds who enjoy gardening or area residents who may not have room in their own yards.

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