Waterline resort work remains, opening delayed

The Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is still pulling it together for opening day, which is delayed from the planned soft opening in August.

Holmes Beach building official James McGuinness told Brian Check, managing partner of Mainsail Lodging and Development of Tampa, in an Aug. 11 email that time was running out.

“Much work remains to be completed prior to the safe occupancy of the project by people,” McGuinness emailed. “With only five working days left before your target date of Aug. 16, the possibility of the project’s readiness for a temporary certificate of occupancy by that date seems remote at best.”

Waterline had projected a soft opening for Aug. 16, but the job site remains a work in progress. Materials are still strewn about the unpaved project, including windows, insulation and doors. The building and units are mostly empty shells.

Temporary certificates of occupancy are being sought for four new Waterline buildings, including the central lodge and restaurant.

The builder’s risk insurance was to expire Aug. 15. Check said that without an extension of the deadline or certificates of occupancy, the company would be in default with its lender.

The $29 million resort at 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will include a waterfront hotel with 37 two-bedroom suites with kitchens, 2,000 square feet of meeting space, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen restaurant, a swimming pool and a 50-slip marina.