Lani Kai owner Ken Conidiaris came before the town council last night urging members not to pass a Nuisance Abatement Board, which he believes targets his hotel. In July 22-year old Johnny Jackson was killed on the Lani Kai property. Discussion about a Nuisance Abatement Board began immediately after that incident.
Conidiaris told the council that the Lani Kai was willing to work with them. “I have an open door. We’ve tried to do a lot of things already. We are trying. We’re willing to try to make things better.”
Some of the changes the Lani Kai is making include requiring hotel guests to wear wristbands, hiring two Lee County Sheriff’s deputies to work weekends, raising drink prices by 50 cents, a do not rent to list, eliminating a $10 voucher guests receive for the hotel when they pay to park and working with the Fire Marshall so there is only one entry into the hotel area. Conidiaris asked the council to “give us a chance.”
Trial Attorney Michael Whitt, who’s represented the Conidiaris family over the years, told the council, “You better review your budget because this ordinance is going to cost you a lot of money” He said there are a lot of problems with the ordinance that will cause financial problems for the town. He said this ordinance is being created to target the Lani Kai.
In the end their pleas failed and the council adopted an ordinance, by a vote of 3-2, to create the board.