SARASOTA - Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is turning heads with his decision to tear down a $4.2 million mansion, a home he bought just months ago.
The property is at 112 North Washington Drive on St. Armands Key in Sarasota.
Several people driving by lamented the loss of what they called a beautiful home. Its demolition began Monday, according to neighbors.
"I mean, what else could you do? What could you do to make it nicer?" asked Sarasota resident Iris Gold.
Other neighbors seemed eager to see what might be constructed next.
"It would be a real honor to have him as our neighbor," said Jeff Krohn, whose parents live next door to Vinik's property.
There is no word yet on exactly what will go in the mansion's place.
In a statement, Vinik spokesperson Bill Wickett released the following statement:
"Although Mr. Vinik typically does not comment on personal or family matters, his recent acquisition in Sarasota has no bearing on his commitment to the Tampa Bay community or his business interests here."
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