Chart House

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This haunting is most often referenced as the “Old Ritz Carlton” haunting, but that’s misleading, because there never was a Ritz-Carlton here. One was begun in the early 20th century but was never completed. During its initial construction, so the story goes, a worker’s child fell down an elevator shaft and was killed. The site is now a shopping center and a Chart House restaurant – staff at the restaurant say they often see a small boy in the Men’s room. He’s often playing with a toy ball, or sitting quietly in the seating area after closing time. Some swear they’ve heard faint screams at nighttime.

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Geographic Information

201 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, FL 34228
United States

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27.335426, -82.58533299999999
Sarasota County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Siesta Key, FL (3.1 mi.)
Sarasota, FL (3.4 mi.)
South Sarasota, FL (4.7 mi.)
North Sarasota, FL (4.9 mi.)
Southgate, FL (5.0 mi.)
Whitfield, FL (5.4 mi.)
Ridge Wood Heights, FL (5.5 mi.)
Kensington Park, FL (5.7 mi.)
Bayshore Gardens, FL (6.2 mi.)
Desoto Lakes, FL (6.4 mi.)


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