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More details tonight -- on the issue of a gaping hole in one of Tybee's major tourist attractions.

It's a story we first brought to you Tuesday; a construction plan cut off midway through.

It's has islanders and visitors alike wondering what is being done to fix it.

It's the spot that once belonged to Island Style and Trade Winds Ice cream, but now all that remains in that location is a demolished lot.

Construction came to a screeching halt when the city pulled the permit. Tybee Mayor, Jason Buelterman tells us the owner did not file for a demolition permit, and because the building was approximately 50 years old, it is considered historic and requires special construction inspections.

"Before a building can be torn down on Tybee, we have an interim step in place where the city representative has to go in and inspect it and confirm that yes; they can tear a building down. That might have been what happened with this building, had that step been taken, but that steep had not been taken."

The attorney for the owners of the building told News 3 Tuesday, that the building was past repair and was structurally unsound.

Mayor Buelterman says some of the approved projects included upgrading the electric and roof, but if given the chance is possible that the historic preservation commission would have agreed on the condition of the building.

This incident will now lead to tighter rules on future projects.

"What we are going for moving forward is putting stricter policies in place for buildings that are 50 years or older. People enjoy coming out because of its history and unique culture, and we don't want to lose that."

Instead of continuing on with the project, the owners now have to start from scratch and appear in front of council for a new construction permit. That hearing is scheduled for April 11th.

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