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Boca Grande’s Historic District: Rises from the ‘Ashes’ of Hotel Hell

November 10, 2017
By Marcy Shortuse
■ BY SUSAN HANAFEE When architect Rick Thurkow bought Boca Grande’s infamous “Hotel Hell” in 1986, he never dreamed he would be entering his own permitting purgatory. Before he finished his $150,000 renovation of the 70-year-old structure, Thurkow would spend two years “haggling with building and zoning officials” to get the approvals he needed. “Rick […]

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