St. Armands mansion demolition causes buzz

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SARASOTA, Fla. - The owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jeff Vinik, is knocking down a mansion on St. Armands Circle to make room for a new house...and it's causing lots of reaction on the street.

"We can't believe it because of all the houses on this street, that yellow house was my favorite, we always thought it was beautiful," said Roslyn Schindler of Longboat Key.

The 6,000 square foot waterfront house, located at 112 N. Washington Drive, was built in 2001.  Vinik purchased the property in April for $4.25 million.

Jeff Krohn's parents have owned the house next door for over 30 years. Jeff's a hockey fan and hopes their new neighbor literally brings home the Stanley Cup.  "I think it's great that Mr. Vinik is moving to town and he's going to be our neighbor, I'm all for whatever he's doing here," Krohn said.

But not everyone is all for it. Jane Hunter thinks the new owner could have salvaged more items for a good cause.  "It would have been nice if they donated all these things to Habitat for Humanity, such a waste of plumbing and windows and doors," Hunter said.

But there is one thing that everyone can agree on there.  "Some people have lots of money," said a passerby.

We tracked down the woman who sold the house to get her reaction to the house being torn down. She said she had 'no comment.'