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Tahitian Resort and Tahitian Gardens, Holiday, FL (motel)
bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2015-12-01 1:09 pm   Permalink

Oh wow! That sounds like bidding bye bye to the Tiki theme, then?

 
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mike and marie
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
Posts: 340
Posted: 2015-12-06 11:42 am   Permalink

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On 2015-12-01 10:16, Merkel City wrote:
December 2015 Tahitian resort / Holiday hotel updated information:
I currently work at the front desk of the hotel and I am also part of the renovation team. The hotel is under new ownership and is in the process of changing the name from Tahitian resort to holiday hotel. The bar and restaurant have been sub-leased out recently. The new name for the bar is "Prohibition" and will have its own identity and theme. There is a lot of improvements being implemented currently to bring the hotel back to life. I will be posting before and after pictures of the improvements we do very soon. Feel free to Let me know if you have any questions you would like answered about the hotel.



Hello,

Thank you so much for reaching out to Tiki Central and for posting about your plans for the property!

We visited the Tahitian several years ago to document the state of the property. We took many photos and had a very thorough look at the property as it was at the time. Although the management at the time very obviously had no idea what they had, and had let it fall into a less than ideal state, there was so much original tiki and historic elements left that we hoped an investor or buyer would come to carefully restore it. Tampa Bay had one of the largest concentrations of tiki in the country, and it's heartbreaking to see how much of it has disappeared -- so the Tahitian is really something special.

We hope that the present owners feel that way too, and it's a really good feeling to know that the renovation team is reaching out and posting online on Tiki Central about it! We'll be happy to help you in this project in any way we can, and we know that a lot of the other experts here on Tiki Central will do the same. The Tahitian is a mid-century modern tiki landmark, and we'd love to see it get carefully restored and become a Tampa Bay destination again!


 
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mike and marie
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
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Posted: 10 days ago; 2:19 pm   Permalink

Has anyone been out there lately?

We were in touch with one of the owners. They seemed very enthusiastic about the place and its great tiki history, so we got them connected with people who could help but we haven't heard anything in some time. We tried to help them get the place on the National Register of Historic Places and start applying for preservation grants. They didn't follow up with that.

It has the potential to be great but obviously needs a lot of work and a strong vision. AND people who are dedicated to preserving the history and keeping it going. We were hoping this place would become the backbone of a great annual tiki festival, among other things. But it needs a lot to get there, and it's beginning to look like that's not going to happen at all...


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