Best Of 2015

Best Lost Cause (Pinellas): THE BELLEVIEW BILTMORE

Best Lost Cause (Pinellas)

It was once a majestic grande dame dubbed the White Queen of the Gulf. But the 115-plus-year-old resort changed hands several times over the years, falling into disrepair before shuttering in 2009. Condos sprouted up around the property, making it less desirable a destination than before (restoration of the Vinoy and the Don probably didn’t help its bottom line, either). Historic preservationists fought hard against the city of Belleair to stop the demolition, and even tried to come up with the money to restore it themselves, to no avail. Demolition began earlier this year. There is a silver lining, though. Developer Mike Cheezem, who is turning the site into a residential complex, has vowed to preserve part of the old resort.