The DeMarcay Hotel, at the left, is a great remaining example of Palm Ave from the mid-1920's. The architecture and scale fit beautifully with the portion of the Miramar building that still exists on Palm.
There is a developer proposal to build a high rise condo on the DeMarcay site. Apparently the developer will retain the DeMarcay facade. Details are not clear at this time.
What is apparent is that just retaining the facade, without some attempt at retaining the scale, would be a loss to Sarasota.
As seen in the second photo, this block of of Palm retains its original character and scale - at least up to the high rise at 1350 Main, seen looming over Palm in the background.
Sarasota needs to make a determined effort to retain the character of this important reminder of our past.
(Thanks to Joe Moraca for the photos).