Parker house discussion continues at a standstill in Mexico Beach

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM.

“There’s no way we can reuse the foundation as it sits today,” said Cathey. “The foundation has problems that are impossible to overcome without dismantling the building.”

Cathey explained that the bricks in the structure are cracking and shifting and that the ground beneath the current foundation may not support a new structure.

Previously the area had been a swamp and for many years the spoils of canal dredging had been put in the area which according to soil borings has made the ground unstable for the first 15 feet below the surface.

It’s been a year since the city has seen additional insurance money and Cathey insisted that the insurance adjustors were simply dragging out the claim in hopes that the city would get frustrated and quit fighting for additional money.

He told the council that his biggest fear was that if the Parker house was torn down, the insurance company would consider the claim closed and no additional monies would be paid.

“We have to dot our I’s and cross our T’s before we put that building in a dumpster,” said Cathey.

Previously, Cathey had provided a bid that included the costs of improving the foundation and rebuilding on the existing structure, but Councilwoman Tanya Castro asked to see numbers on the cost of a new structure.

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