‘Kind of in limbo’: Nothing new for Destin Sands Beach Resort

Savannah Chastain
Since the famed Holiday Inn tower was demolished, not much activity has taken place on the site of the future Destin Sands Beach Resort property.

It’s been more than a year since the former Hawaikii and Holiday Inn tower was demolished to make way for the Destin Sands Beach Resort, and not much dirt has been turned.

“The design was not going in the direction we wanted so we went back to the drawing board with it,” General Manager Joseph Farley told The Log. “Unfortunately there is nothing new to report. There is no real timetable at this time.”

In September 2012, the hotel was closed for renovation, and subsequently demolished the following April. The project began reconstruction with plans to reopen this year, but since August 2013 all construction has seemed to come to a halt.

The Holiday Inn, at 1020 Highway 98 East, was a Destin icon since its appearance on the Emerald Coast in the early ‘70s. Its nine-story circular building was known for the revolving eighth floor which originally housed the Hawaiki restaurant and bar.

The Destin Sands Beach Resort has a Facebook page to update former patrons of the hotel’s progress, but there have been no updates on the construction efforts.

 “The project is just kind of in limbo, so things are just kind of on hold for awhile,” Farley said.