A new vision for the concrete, rust and ruin that sits at the entrance to the city of Orange Beach. “That eyesore has been there way too long,” says Mayor Tony Kennon.
The Presidium Group from Austin, Texas is taking over the property with big plans that include a 16-acre water park with the largest wave pool in Alabama.
A Gulf World marine park with dolphins, aquariums, a 12 hundred seat stadium and other marine exhibits.
A Marine Village resort with two condominium developments overlooking a snorkeling lagoon. A convention center and amphitheater and that’s just in the first phase of construction.
“We still have a good six months of design activity we need to continue to move forward once we complete that we should be able to start construction.” David Wallace is with the Presidium Group which hopes to make use of 95 percent of the structures that are already on site. “There are a number of assets that are partially built. We need to continue to check that from an engineering standpoint but that will the easiest and quickest to complete from a construction standpoint.”
A quarter of a billion dollar investment and one of the strongest proposal for the property in the last ten years according to Kennon but, he remains cautiously optimistic. “You never know. When I see Flipper jumping and doing flips I’ll know it’s happening.”
If all goes according to plan, construction should begin in the first part of next year with a target date of opening in the Spring or Summer of 2020.