DEEP rejects proposals for Waterford’s Seaside State Park

State officials recently ended a lengthy effort to find a private partner to redevelop the historic former Seaside Regional Center into a luxury hotel on state park property, saying a pair of proposals failed to meet the state’s criteria to move forward. DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen, in an email to The Day, said neither proposal was sufficiently responsive to the RFP’s requirements on “financial feasibility, team qualifications and experience.” The proposals “did not provide sufficient benefits to the state,” she added.

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