Allegiant resumes work on $510-million Sunseeker Resort in Charlotte

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Allegiant Travel Company says construction will resume this month on its $510-million Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor resort in southwestern Florida.

The company suspended the project’s construction in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its outsized impact on the travel and hospitality industries.

Published reports indicate the project’s general contractor is Allegiant subsidy Point Charlotte Development and the construction manager is Suffolk Construction.

After work stalled last year, at least two mechanics lien claims were filed against Suffolk totaling $753,166.50 as of June 2020. As well, there were six unpaid work claims worth $14.7 million against Point Charlotte Development, Levelset reported last July. It is quite likely these liens and claims have been resolved.

“When we first announced a temporary pause in construction, we always envisioned restarting within 18 months. I’m happy to say that we’re right on track,” Allegiant president John Redmond said in an Aug. 3 statement. “Very soon, you’ll see spinning cranes and construction crews in action again, working to finish what will be an incredible, integrated resort experience bringing exceptional value for both our guests and local residents. I’d like to thank the community of Punta Gorda for its support and patience during these unprecedented times.”

Executives on an investor call said the project was about one-third complete when it was paused.

The resort will feature approximately 500 hotel rooms, more than 180 extended stay suites, 55,000 sq. ft. of meeting and conference space, 19 restaurants and bars, and retail outlets along a scenic harbor walk.

Construction is anticipated to be complete in 18 to 24 months.

Meanwhile, renovations on Kingsway Golf Course, one of Sunseeker Resort’s amenities, will begin in the fall. When completed, the club, located 10 minutes from the resort, will be open exclusively to members and resort guests. Golf architect Kipp Schulties will lead the course renovation.

Kingsway’s renovation is slated to include all components of club operations – including full redesign and refurbishment of the golf course, with replacement of all turfgrass, irrigation and drainage systems; expansion and enhancements to the club’s driving range, putting, chipping and bunker practice areas; refurbishment of the clubhouse, restaurant and event space, as well as relocation of the maintenance facilities to improve the playability of the course.

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