The Magic Beach Motel in Vilano will be transformed into a boutique hotel

After the sale of the property to another promoter has failed following a very public battle with neighbors, the Magic Beach Motel in Vilano Beach was sold.

But the new owners — a boutique hotel management company — say they have no plans at this time to change the iconic vintage motel, other than some general repairs and renovations.

“At the moment, we are only focused on operating the property,” said Sonny Bhikha, director of Shivam Properties.

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Key International, a Miami-based developer, had planned to buy the Magic Beach Motel and turn it into the 194-room Vilano Beach Hotel. The company pulled out of the deal last December after the St. Johns County Commission voted 4-0 to deny its design request. Key International is the same company behind the Embassy Suites in St. Augustine Beach.

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