The Whitsunday Regional Council has called for more time to decide on a contentious waterfront hotel and resort at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays.

The $80-million resort is proposed for a vacant 1ha site between 125-131 Shingley Drive, fronting Shingley Beach and the Coral Sea marina.

The 12-storey project has been put forward by a private entity, One Whitsunday Development, which is headed by Sydney-based developer Domenic Zappia.

In 2007, Zappia swooped on an elevated site previously earmarked for a high-end apartment project by socialite and former US president Donald Trump’s ex-wife,…

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