Former Helmsley hotel sold

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:46 pm | Updated: 9:35 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

SARASOTA, Fla. - A hotel once owned by Leona Helmsley, and later her dog, has been purchased.

Ocean Properties, Ltd. bought the former Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel on Lido Key.  Initial fears were that Sandcastle would be a future site for condos, but the place now renamed The Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, will remain a hotel. 

The Suncoast only has a few remaining waterfront hotels- Sandcastle was built in 1953.  When Leona Helmsley died, she left the hotel to her dog, named Trouble, who lived there until he died just two years ago. 

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