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Ponce Inlet in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hotel Inlet Terrace

Bob Pacetti's Dream

 
 
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By AGS Media, December 28, 2011
1. Hotel Inlet Terrace Marker
Inscription. This terra cotta wall is all that remains of what was to be a grandiose hotel and resort. It was started during the great land boom of the 1920's. The developer, Robert (Bob) Pacetti was a native of this area. His ancestors first came to this country with the British Turnbull colony of New Smyrna in 1768. His grandfather, Bartola Clemente Pacetti, settled on the A. Pons (Ponce) Spanish land grant near here in 1840. Portions of the grant were sold in the 1870's, but this area, (Lighthouse Point Park), remained in the family. Bob Pacetti called his subdivision "Inlet Terrace", sold lots, and began construction of a hotel. The name of Mosquito Inlet was changed to Ponce Inlet, a name more palatable than the original. Suddenly, in the fall of 1926, a disastrous hurricane ripped across South Florida, costing many lives and millions of dollars in property damage. The land boom ended. Banks closed all over the state and in Daytona Beach as well. Work soon stopped at the hotel site. Within a few years Bob Pacetti disappeared from the area. Through the years vandals destroyed much of the property and anything of value was carried off. For over fourty years the foundation stood here. Then in 1982 a number of lots were sold to a dutch firm called Transol U.S.A. A bold plan to build high-rise condominums was presented to the now existing Town of
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By AGS Media, December 28, 2011
2. Hotel Inlet Terrace Marker
Ponce Inlet. The tall buildings were prohibited, under a town ordinance which restricts building hights, to protect the lighthouse nearby. A revised plan with a reduced height of 35 feet was also turned down by the city. The property was then sold to the State of Florida who entered into an agreement with Volusia County to operate the park, which was developed with Ponce de Leon Port Authority funds. During the parks construction, the hotel ruins were destroyed. Now recent storms have uncovered a portion of history.
 
Erected by Ayres Davies.
 
Location. 29° 4.708′ N, 80° 55.289′ W. Marker is in Ponce Inlet, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from South Atlantic Avenue east of South Peninsula Drive. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Lighthouse Point Park, a Volusia County park, near the park pavilion and restrooms. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5000 South Atlantic Avenue, Port Orange FL 32127, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bronze Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jesse Linzy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse (approx. half a mile away); Green Mound State Archaeological Site
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By AGS Media, December 28, 2011
3. Hotel Inlet Terrace Marker
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Sheldon's New Smyrna Hotel (approx. 3.5 miles away); 1768 British Colony of New Smyrna (approx. 3.6 miles away); Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats (approx. 3.6 miles away); To the Past... (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ponce Inlet.
 
Categories. Colonial EraDisastersIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
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By AGS Media, December 28, 2011
4. Hotel Inlet Terrace Marker
Ponce de Leon Inlet to the right
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By AGS Media, December 28, 2011
5. Ponce de Leon Inlet
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 14, 2010
6. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Viewed from Lighthouse Point Park
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 28, 2011
7. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Viewed from Lighthouse Point Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 10, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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