Frangista Beach history continues...
John and Ruth Nitsos settled in this area in the 1940’s. They built a cottage on the beach, with an apartment below for friends. Many travelers stopped by from time to time to
inquire about places to stay. As the area was rather desolate at that time, the Nitsos decided to build a few rooms to rent. They named the motel Frangista, after the small town in Greece where the family had lived.
The Wilson family arrived in 1976 and fell in love with the area. They gradually purchased the motel and surrounding properties from Penelope Nitsos Hassell of Mobile, Alabama, and
other individuals. The Wilson family ran the Frangista Beach Inn for some 15 years, along with Frangista Seafood & Spirits restaurant and Frangista Beach Realty. Many families returned year after year to the small beachfront inn. As time passed, the Wilsons’
connection with the 9-acre site only deepened, while the area’s population continued to grow. After Hurricane Opal caused extensive damage to the inn, the Wilson family began developing the current Frangista Beach community with some 56 homes, blending Mediterranean
warmth with Old Florida charm, providing an instant sense of graciousness and history.
The nostalgic 1950's Sun N Sand motel was purchased, adding an additional 400 feet of beachfront property. The Delos homes, named by the Wilsons for one of the Greek islands,
were built along the shoreline to complete the development. “We wanted to save the best part of the old Frangista, and recreate it for the next generation,” says William. “Our vision was to create and build a community as an everlasting legacy to the Nitsos’
hospitality.” Even the name “Frangista” has been protected by a trademark owned by the Wilson family. Nestled in the Frangista Beach community, you can still find the little white chapel John Nitsos lovingly built in honor of his father. While guests and homeowners
enjoy the modern style of the homes, some timeless assets here can’t be built or bought – the gentle waves, the warm breezes, and the spirit of hospitality originated by the Nitsos family.
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1890 Scenic Gulf Dr
Miramar Beach, FL 32550-6902
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