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Historic Downtown Pensacola

Lee House bed and breakfast inn has been sold to Tosh Belsinger and the Merrill brothers. But the sale is bringing on something much bigger, A plan that will better capture and promote Historic Downtown Pensacola. Channel 3's Kalie Desimone explains.

Lee House is under new ownership and with that new ownership comes some changes to how the house will be used. "We hope to not only continue the tradition of great stays here but also introduce new culinary opportunities" saysTosh Belsinger, the Co-Owner of Lee House. Tosh Belsinger of Gulf Blue Group and the Merrill brothers of Great Southern Restaurants bought the House located in Downtown Historic Pensacola last week. Belsinger and Merrill hope their purchase will better promote what they call 'cultural tourism'. "Getting that word out there that's what we are going to try to do. Start pushing tourism. We've got such great history here" says Collier Merrill, the other new Co-Owner. The historic part of Downtown is already complimented with tours like this one. And people who dress in period clothing. "It's very important that we can go back in our history and know what has transpired here" says Mary Lou Boleen a resident of Pensacola for more than 35 years. "I feel like I am being able to step back in time and see pensacola for what it used to be" says Hannah Boleen who is visiting her grandmother from Alaska. Belsinger and Merrill want to attract not only tourists to the Historic part of Downtown- "Get people to spend 4-5 days in town and still go to the beach" says Merrill- But also people who live in the areas surrounding Pensacola.They hope to do that by adding new culinary opportunities like cooking classes and date nights in the kitchen at Lee House.
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