Jay Rummell asks, “Do you have any updates about the Whitfield Hotel as of 7/29/2016 ?”
A commenter from that Surf Avenue neighborhood responds on 7/30/16:
“The latest news I’ve heard, which appears to be credible, is the demolition process should begin in September. There are about a dozen individuals still legally residing. It appears they have gotten extensions to delay vacating for one reason or another. If they know nothing else, they know how to work the system.”
“Unfortunately, we’ve noticed other individuals who appear to be squatters who just come for a place to crash. Because there’s no supervision, they come and go at will. There have been an increasing number of incidents lately where the police needed to be summoned.
“I had a conversation with one of the owners. He was here serving some papers to some residents who have since left. He stated it’s been a real struggle placing these individuals. He was reluctant to say if they had a buyer for the property but did hint it may have to be boarded up first. This conversation took place back in May so that may have changed.”
MYCHAEL DANNA and BOMBAY JAYASHRI
“Pi’s Lullaby” from the film The life of Pi