Ocean’s Edge: A Play in Four Acts

Oceanside Marina November 2002 (State Archives of Florida/McDonald)

by Conch S. Fritter ……..

County Commissioners appeared lost this Wednesday in the intricacies of their own laws. But for those who had followed the growing controversy over Pritam Singh’s Ocean’s Edge (175-room) Hotel the meeting looked like the last of the county’s many renditions of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

The actors are real pros and they’ve played the part many times.

In the First Act, Mr. Singh wants to build a huge hotel on Stock Island’s waterfront but the transient building allocations alone would cost 16 million dollars, before even building anything.

So the Second Act opens with the Magician. With a few strokes of the wand he turns the conspicuous hotel into a “single-family home,” replicated three stories high and shouldered on both sides by many brother and sister “single-family homes.” And “homeowners will have their dream house on the ocean’s edge.” Everyone is mesmerized. End of Second Act.

The beginning of the Third Act is boring, as in all plays. Just a lot of construction. But then ….abracadabra! The string of “single-family homes” disappears and everyone marvels at the magnificent 175-room hotel that stands in its place. Some people still applaud. But the wizard runs off stage as Dorothy’s Blue Paper dog starts ripping the curtain open.

Now comes the Fourth Act. The County is left holding the bag. The actors still on scene appear shivering, lost and remorseful. The King’s fools emerge from under the dusty land regulation book of shadows trying to recall the re-naming trick Master had showed them. But the crowd wants blood. At the back of the room, the statue of Commander Ward has been rolled in, gathering dark clouds…

“And? And?” asks the eager audience.

And what? No that’s it. That was the play. Did you like it?


[Note: We’ll have something more for you on the Oceanside story — on a more serious note —  in the very near future…]


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4 thoughts on “Ocean’s Edge: A Play in Four Acts

  1. Until there are fraud prosecutions, this kind of crap will continue unabated.

    The malefactors always consider “What’s the worst that could happen?”, then “What is more likely to happen?” With $16 million in savings, the reward warrants the small risk. Big deal that people scowl. People forget about your sleaze and return to their personal tribulations or joys in a very short time. You have reaped more riches. You become a legend. People stand in awe of your mastery over bureaucrats and politicians. There are no significant repercussions.

  2. Make Pritam Singh abide by the agreement and the law. Make him tear down whatever is needed to legalize the situation. If he fights this demand than prosecute him for numerous charges.

  3. Actually, quite serious
    your satire

    Singh is a lot smarter

    A master at getting people to look at
    what he wants them to look at
    and not what they should look at

    Published that, did I,
    many times starting 2010
    at goodmorningkeywest.com

    Holding my breath not,
    didn’t figure any good that would do

    Face it,
    Singh is a lot smarter


    assume the position
    government officials
    before entertaining his development proposals,
    it will save time and taxpayer money

    Look not for the goodmorningwebsites,
    they were killed by the nice lady
    who sued Naja for being candid
    about the nice lady suing the town fool

    The only place you can read
    all about that is

  4. Plenty could and should be done here. If what was permitted was single family homes then it is time for code compliance to go have a look. Did they build what was on the blueprints or not ? If not then who in the building department failed to do his job. Yes they just might be forced to be brought into compliance and used or rented as agreed upon. Will that happen ? HELL NO because to many bribes were paid.

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