TARPON SPRINGS — The City Commission recently voted by a narrow margin to reject a nearly $1 million deal to secure the Sunbay Motel, which they have labeled as a "nuisance property."
By a 3-2 vote, commissioners rejected the proposal to buy the property for $910,000, plus attorney fees of $55,000. The commissioners agreed to allow the city manager and city attorney to go back and renegotiate. Mayor Chris Alahouzos said the price was more than what an appraisal found the property to be worth.
Alahouzos, who has wanted the city to buy the property, asked for renegotiations to reflect the appraised worth of the property.
"Let's go back and negotiate to get a fair price," he said.
Longtime resident Tommy Frain, who began a social media campaign to oppose the purchase, said the vote was a small victory.
"Something has to be done," he said, "But I just think spending all this money is just not the right way.