Mexico Beach council votes to demolish Parker House

Parker House

Mexico Beach’s historic Parker House was purchased by the city in 2011 as a new city hall and caught fire several days later.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:24 AM.

The Mexico Beach City Council on Tuesday began the physical task of constructing its new city hall.

During a special meeting the council voted to demolish the existing Parker House structure.

“The city is putting itself in a civil liability,” said Councilman Gary Woodham. “It’s an eyesore and it’s no longer needed.”

The demolition will be completed by Cathey Construction but no date has been set.

Woodham also made a motion requesting use of funds for attorney costs set at a maximum of $3,000 to explore additional litigation opportunities against the insurance company responsible for the claim on the Parker House.

The motion passed in a 3-1 vote with Councilwoman Tanya Castro dissenting and Mayor Al Cathey passing the chair to Jack Mullen due to Cathey Construction’s involvement in the project.

During an executive session held last week, Woodham expressed a desire to meet with an attorney, but had not put a price tag on the visits.



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