Sunseeker Resort construction swings back into action in Charlotte Harbor

Construction on the Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor, owned by Allegiant Air, is underway once again after being at a standstill.

Ed Tucker of Venice won’t let Mother Nature rain on his parade. He loves to soak up the view at Live Oak Park and watch the progress. “I’ve watched and it was amazing that they had the cranes set up, and I just counted them again, and there’s five of them,” he said.

Those cranes are swinging back into action at the Sunseeker Resort construction site at 4949 Tamiami Trail. An Allegiant Air spokesperson said crews will begin pouring concrete columns this week.

People nearby will see more movement on the site for the first time in nearly 18 months.

“There’s a lot of money sitting there,” Tucker said. “When they’re not working, there’s a lot of money they’re losing.”

However, some locals aren’t happy to lose a piece of public harborfront for the private resort.

“I think the riverfront should be for all the people in the county,” explained Barbara Jones of Port Charlotte.” And you build a big wall around the beauty of the river when you come up all you see is the big wall.”

Upcoming renovations at the nearby Kingsway Country Club are in the works too – a step forward after months at a standstill.

Tucker says he’s very happy to hear that “because it’s going to help the airport up there a little bit, a lot, quite a bit. And I want to see the golf course get back in action.”

Allegiant anticipates the resort and golf course will open in the next 18 to 24 months.

Reporter:Erika Jackson
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