- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - The days of Bonita Springs’ roadside replica ship are numbered.

The Naples Daily News (https://bit.ly/1Gz5me9) reports a date for the destruction of the concrete replica of a 16th-century Spanish galleon has been set for Friday, Nov. 13.

A New York-based developer confirmed that the ship would give way to a new senior living community.

Built in 1995, the ship once housed a 10,800-square-foot restaurant, but it long stood empty. It had been up for sale for years and is something of an icon in the Southwest Florida community.

A limited liability company connected to a private equity firm, bought the 3.6-acre parcel the ship sits on for $1.7 million last month. Plans call for a 295,000-square-foot rental-based apartment community for adults 55 and older.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, https://www.naplesnews.com

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