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Bay Harbor Islands council approves new hotel and restaurant


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Bay Harbor Islands council members have approved a new hotel and restaurant in the town.

After a public hearing on Monday January 13, the Town Council approved plans for the Monarch Hotel, which will be located where a residential condominium building used to be before its demolition, at 9540-50 West Bay Harbor Drive.

The new hotel will be 6 stories high with about 96 units and also have a full service restaurant and bar on the first level.

There will be a deck on the water side of the hotel where customers can enjoy cocktails.

Although, some residents and council members are on board with the property, there was an awkward moment between council member Kelly Reid and Solange Rousselot at the hearing .

Reid suggested to the property developers that if the hotel failed, if they could possibly reconsider to change the hotel space back into a residential space .

"Keep that in mind that we [the council] would like to see it as a residential space," Reid said.

To which council member Rousselot said, "I’d like to see the hotel, so please keep that in mind," Rouselot said.

The council agreed to allow the restaurant to remain open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight Sundays through Thursdays.

The outside deck will only be open until 9 p.m. so as to not disturb neighbors.

" I think this is great for our town," said town resident Nadine Muller. "The more people that come to our town the more people will fall in love with it."

Muller is especially excited about the outside deck.

"I would love to have brunch with my daughter and not be disturbed by the cars passing by."

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