The iconic Island House resort in Key West, Florida’s fate is up in the air after the resort’s owner, Jon Allen, announced that he has plans to sell the long-standing establishment. In an e-mail, Allen wrote: “I have decided to sell the Island House and my home in Casa Caselles. Both will be listed in the next few days.” The announcement was confirmed by the Director of Marketing Jeffrey Smead. If the Island House is sold and transformed into a hetero-friendly resort it will put an end to it’s 38-year history as one of the longest, continuously operating gay resorts in the world. “I think I can say without boast that we created at Island House a unique place, a safe and happy space for thousands of gay men to meet, to eat and drink, to make merry. I’m proud of that, but more important in this context, Island House is successful and profitable operation. I’m confident that its new owner will operate it as a gay men’s resort. It has higher ADR’s and occupancy than any comparable property in Old Town. There’s no good reason to change its model. It’s a success,” wrote Allen. [MetroWeekly]
Need to take another dip in their pool? Don’t worry, as of now, The Island House is still taking reservations.