Mexico Beach council will return to Parker House negotiations

Parker House

The historic Parker House in Mexico Beach was demolished this week, but negotiations with the insurance company will continue.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 09:43 AM.

The Mexico Beach City Council held a special meeting on Monday to publicly discuss the Parker House situation and unveil to the public cost estimates on the planned city hall.

Since the historic Parker House was purchased by the city in 2011 and caught fire shortly thereafter, the city has been in a battle with the insurance company.

After receiving $660,000 for damages the city went back to claim more monies to cover the foundation of the building, which structural analysts said couldn’t be rebuilt on.

After several months of back and forth, an additional $174,000 was offered to the city to close the claim.

Councilman Gary Woodham, though, suggested consulting with an attorney to see if additional monies were available and met with Dion Moniz of Panama City.

Though a chunk of the $660,000 was used for upkeep and rent on the bank building, currently being utilized as city hall, more than $400,000 remained to pay for a new 3,200 square foot building to be constructed elsewhere on the Parker House property.

Citizens were unsure why this wasn’t enough, but the cost of the estimates had yet to be revealed publicly.

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