Archive for December, 2011

Condo group wins $1.8M judgment

December 27, 2011

A condo developer in Pass Christian was awarded a $1.8 million judgment by a federal jury last week for wind damage which its insurance company refused to pay after Hurricane Katrina.
The Penthouse Condominiums group announced its rebuilding project in April 2008.
Penthouse Condo’s was one of the first such developments in the state, officials said.
The complex was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and one person lost his life in the building. It was also rebuilt after Hurricane Camille.
The 84-unit development is located on the beach near Wal-Mart.
The project was expected to be completed within a year, but officials said the failure to recoup insurance proceeds from the storm caused delays.
Penthouse sued its insurance company, Lloyd’s of London, and the case was recently heard in federal court.
Federal Judge Sul Ozerden found there was no basis for Lloyd’s to deny the claim and also awarded developers legal fees, prejudgment interest and litigation fees, officials said.

BY: Dwayne Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo

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Hotel Reed burns

December 27, 2011

The old Hotel Reed Nursing Home was virtually destroyed Saturday by an early-morning blaze which gutted most of the dilapidated facility. Bay St. Louis Fire Department Shift Captain Monty Strong said the blaze was reported about 3:30 a.m. The fire apparently began on the north-side of the building and quickly spread thanks to stiff winds coming from the Bay of St. Louis. Bay St. Louis had four fire engines battling the blaze and the Bayside and West Hancock Fire Departments both sent ladder trucks to the scene. The fire sent thick clouds of smoke billowing into the air which could be seen for miles. No other homes or structures in the area suffered any fire damage and there were apparently no injuries. Hotel Reed has not been operational for years. The building itself was damaged after Hurricane Katrina and a public hearing for its demolition was held last month. Read full details inBy¬† Wednesday’s Sea Coast Echo.

By Dwayne Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo