Mexico Beach council votes to demolish Parker House

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:24 AM.

Castro strongly opposed the motion, unsure that it was a wise use of the city’s money, and preferred that the council read over the contracts themselves.

“I’m not saying that I’m going to spend it, I just want to be authorized,” said Woodham. “I won’t spend a dime more than I have to.”

Woodham said that he planned to meet with an attorney specializing in insurance cases as early as this week.

During February’s official meeting Mullen shared news that after a two-year battle, they’d finally been offered a settlement on the historic Park House which caught fire in 2011, several days after being purchased by the city.

At the time, the council held off a formal vote on accepting the offer in order to hold last week’s executive session to explore options.

The city originally paid $429,000 for the house and five-acre property and received more than $660,000 in damages. More than $140,000 was spent in rent and upkeep costs on the damaged building, leaving just $485,000 to build a new city hall.

The insurance company has offered a settlement of $174,000 for the remaining damages.

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