The case of the never-finished house on Little Gasparilla revisited

March 13, 2020
By Olivia Cameron

BY OLIVIA CAMERON
Have you ever wondered about unfinished metal house that sits on Little Gasparilla?  If you haven’t, then you’re bound to hear more about it.
Past the toll bridge on the way over to the Boca Grande, there is a half-built structure just beyond the turquoise waves, and it’s an eye sore to the community. The scaffolding looms over the ocean and haunts the Island to this day.
Just short of the Little Gasparilla shoreline, the incomplete residence has left neighbors and the rest of the community to wonder when it’ll ever be finalized. It isn’t new, either. In fact, most recollect seeing this unfinished project for years now – seven or more to be exact. 
The community has even taken their complaints to Facebook.
Of the Rotonda West residents, Natalie Sheill wrote, “I’ve been down here six years and it’s been that same way for all of those years.”
Sandy Zaborowski Millis said, “It’s owned by multimillionaire and it’s just a tinker toy project to him. It’s been about 10 years now.”
To many, it is a never-ending Island blemish that’s just held up by multifarious rumors. Without the homeowner’s clear-cut defense, the public is left to theorize.
Warren Delling wrote, “I’m surprised that the county and island just leave it there, unfinished for years. They should require it to be finished or torn down. It’s a real eyesore for the beautiful island and beach.”
Phil Townsend tuned in with, “We call it the “Beirut” House on the water.”
Daine Van Duzer White wrote, “It’s a blight on the point. That used to be such a scenic spot when there was just the house with the blue gabled roof. I agree with others here: why is the county allowing an unfinished shell to stand there for so many years?”
Through constant speculation, there have been a meager amount of answers. However, some might say there has been more development this year than the as opposed to previous years. 
Builder John R. Curley of Custom Homes commented that the house would undergo progressive changes this year, starting with infrastructure and window placement. With few comments on it’s future, the house is to at least remain in its place.
Lisa Eavey reflected, “I was there last week kayaking with friends and there was someone actually doing some work on the structure, the first time in three years that I have seen any activity.”
As some things remain the same, the community is left to ponder it’s future. After all of the circulating rumors, the Island will have to wait for time to prove change.