This is just one of the four monstrosities being built or recently built on the island. It is located on the west, bay, side of the island. Just before you get to Garrofon Park. I count five stories on this one. But guess what I found out? The ground floor does not count IF there is no habitation involved with it. So deduct the ground floor from this one because it will just be the lobby, restaurant, pool, etc. I still count four stories left. I bet they paid a pretty peso to get some kind of special dispensation to allow for that fourth story. But that's just a guess. Politics and corruption could not be playing a role here. Not on the Isla!
Just to show how big this thing is, this is the view from the other side of the island!
But they are not alone. This new one is being built on Sac Bajo, the finger of land that juts out on the west side of the island. Same thing here. Four stories plus the ground floor. There are also two smaller, but equally tall new condos that have been built right on the shore of North Beach. I wonder, where do they think all the tourists are going to come from to fill these things? And, let me assure you, rooms in them are not cheap. Close to $200 or more per night. Oh for the days of a sleepy little fishing village when a good room was only $20 a night.
The "smart" contractors on the island evidently know about this loophole with the ground floor not counting. Take my neighbor's new green house, for example. By all accounts, he has a three story house. But nope. The ground floor is a parking garage and storage area. So it doesn't count! Sure helps to lift you up to get a better view for yourself when all is said and done.
I hope this building nonsense stops soon but I am not holding my breath. It is changing the whole flavor of this island. And, in my opinion, not in a good way.