Welcome to Cook Development

Through historic renovations turned enriching senior living communities to benchmark condominium residences; Cook Development is in the business of seamless project coordination and development. From site selection and permitting, to construction, sales and completion, Cook Development’s mission is to maintain a consummate reputation for integrity and an unwavering dedication to client satisfaction.


Lake Gibson Village

The finest in senior living amenities housed in a gracious historical building as charming as it is inspirational, and purposefully placed on the shores of picturesque Lake Gibson under a canopy of oak trees hundreds of years old…this is Lake Gibson Village.Read More

Cook Development has created a vibrant senior living environment that is truly unique to the area. Our focus extends beyond basic health requirements and is centered on the holistic approach of meeting the mind, body and spiritual needs of our residents by providing an enriching lifestyle that includes:

Boating and fishing on Lake Gibson, Gardens for quiet enjoyment or active participation, Large covered verandas with comfortable seating for reading, relaxing, and visiting, Gourmet meals served in an elegant dining room overlooking the historic theatre, Elegant lobby with a piano and wine bar for socializing with friends and family, Yoga, stretch exercises and an equipped exercise room, Intergenerational activities, Guest lecturers, Card and puzzle room, Library and book discussions, Religious study, Shopping and dining excursions.

We offer residences that cater to your needs. Whether you choose a studio, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment, each will be appointed with your comfort and safety in mind. Private bathrooms with safety rails, kitchenettes for light cooking or full kitchens for those who love to cook, wireless call systems, Internet and cable television, housekeeping service, linen and laundry services and more.

With elegant surroundings, a professional and friendly staff, gourmet meals prepared to your liking, and apartments that are ideally suited for your needs, we know that you will feel right at home at Lake Gibson Village. For additional information, we invite you to contact us today.

Location: Lakeland, FL

Services: Historic Renovation

Completed: 2016



Its walls exude the nostalgia of its rich history while many of its current residents recall fun times spent enjoying the top entertainment, nightclub gambling and elegant receptions once held in the rooms in which they now live.Read More

Originally constructed in 1923 by Walter Hardesty, The Riviera Hotel was a members only club for the elite of the South. This elegant structure played host to some of the most influential people of that time by offering choice accommodations, activities and nightlife. Despite its immense popularity, the Great Depression took its toll on the landmark hotel and in 1948 its owners sold the hotel to Charles Ballistic who converted it to the Trocadero Club and ushered in another era of immense success with the addition of an elite nightclub.

Although the hotel remained open over the years, the building gradually lost its luster and was eventually closed because it did not meet building code standards. In 1998, Doug Cook of Cook Development purchased the hotel for the sole purpose of restoring it to its original state of beauty and grace. Cook Development took great care in renovating this Holly Hill landmark to preserve its architectural integrity and rich history, while ensuring that it met current building standards. The interior of The Riviera was gutted and major renovations were done on the building’s plumbing, electrical and air conditioning systems. The original elevator, arch doorways and windows were brought up to code and an additional, larger elevator was added in a more central location. The original 150 rooms were converted into 62 two-room suites and 14 one-room suites that are more comfortably designed to meet the needs of current residents.

Today, after 80 years, Cook Development has brought back the Riviera Hotel as the Riviera Assisted Living Residences, a 76-room facility complete with an enormous and elegant living room, dining room, activity room, library and patio reminiscent of the Victorian era and the old Riviera Hotel.

Location: Holly Hill, FL

Services: Renovation, Construction

Completed: 1999

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Southern Gardens

After going through several owners the 43,000 square-foot hotel closed in the 1960's and reopened in the 1970's as a retirement home. For a time this historic building again bustled with life until the early 1990's when financial troubles forced the Maranatha Retirement Home to close down.Read More

Recognizing the immense need for senior living housing choices in Lake Alfred, Doug Cook purchased the building to restore it to its original status as a central point of the community. Cook Development invested heavily in the renovation of what is now the Southern Gardens assisted living facility. The 71-room residence was refurbished from the floors to the roof to accommodate the needs of its residents. Each room was enhanced with an emergency call system and other safety aids to ensure the safety of residents. Community areas were also refurbished; a new kitchen, dining room, lobby, elevator, enclosed patio and reception area await new residents and visitors. Besides the interior renovations, the building’s 307 windows were replaced and adorned with stucco-covered frames.

In addition to the renovations, fresh paint and interior decorations give the senior living community the serene feeling of home. The renovations made by Cook Development helped to restore the heart of the city and make it into a place that all residents can be proud to call home.

Location: Lake Alfred, Florida

Services: Restoration

Completed: 1998

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St. Croix

The St. Croix, built in 2002, is a 59-unit development with spacious river and ocean views. Each 3-bedroom and 3-bathroom condominium offers the best of beach living to its residents through the unique comfort and functionality of 2,505 to 2,565 square feet of beautiful Mediterranean style architecture.Read More

Each luxury condominium features oversized balconies, premium appliances, walk-in closets, oversized master showers, recessed kitchen lighting, cultured marble bath vanity tops and much more to appeal to the comfort seeker in us all.

Residents also delight in the ease of amenities such as a 55-foot heated oceanfront pool, spa, clubroom/lounge, poolside fitness center, game room and secure underground parking.

And who can forget the miles and miles of majestic shoreline that lie just feet from residents’ doorsteps?

Location: Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Services: Construction

Completed: 2001


St. Kitts

The 24-unit community features excellent amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, spa, exercise facilities and a lounge, all of which are accented by the building's close proximity to first-rate golf and tennis facilities and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as its backyard. Read More

In addition to all of the recreational activities available for residents’ rest and relaxation, other convenience amenities are available to accentuate the luxurious life at St. Kitts. Bike storage and common area restrooms on the pool level are available for the convenience of active residents and visitors.

The true lure of St. Kitts lies in its luxurious condominiums. St. Kitts’ lavish living area offers 2,325 to 2,600 square feet of ocean front luxury. All units are accented with majestic 10 to 11 foot high ceilings, granite counter tops, crown molding in the foyer and all formal areas, recessed kitchen lighting, pre-wired surround sound system, walk-in showers with glass block and luxurious whirlpool tubs in the master baths.

Location: Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Services: Construction

Completed: 2004


St. Maarten

At St. Maarten, Mediterranean beauty melds with superior quality and amenities. From your balcony, you'll survey lush tropical foliage and 400 feet of beach frontage.Read More

Inside, you’ll find nothing but the best: a beautifully equipped kitchen with granite counters, spacious windows and glass doors for panoramic views, designer tile, air-conditioned walk-in closets, a networked media center, and more distinctive appointments.

Step outside, and you’ll find a complete private world: two sparkling oceanfront pools and spa, gazebo and grill, heated indoor pool, billiard and club rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Your underground parking is assigned, the elegant lobby has restricted access, and three elevators speed you to upper floors. Everything is provided for superb living and absolute security. St. Maarten, a great escape, a lifetime home.

Location: Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Services: Construction

Completed: 2006



Its airy, elegant Spanish Mediterranean architecture looks out on sparkling Atlantic waters and shelters a world of the finest amenities captured in twenty-four luxury seaside condominium homes.Read More

The design inspiration for the tile of Marbella, beautiful sea, comes from the façade of Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells) in Salamanca. Built in 1490, the house features more than 400 carved scallop shells, which appear throughout Spain as the symbol of St. James and his pilgrims. The House of Shells, owned by a knight of the Order of St. James, is an example of the Isabelline style, combining Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar elements.

Location: Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Services: Construction

Completed: 2006


Bella Vista

Bella Vista is one of the Collection’s crown jewels: from the intricate grace of its Spanish Mediterranean architecture to the ultimate luxury of its bright interiors, from its incredible range of amenities to the endless radiance of beaches only steps away. Read More

The Bella Vista symbol, the striking sunburst tile, was inspired by a wooden inlay door in the Iglesia de San Pedro in Seville. There the great painter Diego Velazquez was baptized in 1599. The church’s origins are even older, reaching back to the 14th century, and this latticed sunburst is a vibrant, masterfully executed Moorish pattern.

The luxury and quality of Bella Vista are regal indeed. Arriving at the grand entrance, you know you are entering a special and privileged world, where no detail of elegant living is overlooked. Tropical landscaping, oceanfront pool and spa, elegantly detailed residences, customized kitchens, private balconies with breathtaking views, a fitness center with spectacular ocean vista: this is your rich Florida home that the rich Florida setting deserves.

Location: Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Services: Construction

Completed: 2007


Palma Bella

Palma Bella is the third of five exquisite oceanfront properties in the Costa Bella Collection. Reminiscent of old-world architecture, the look and feel of Palma Bella is definitely rich in history. You’ll see it in the façade, in its overall design, even in the tile that was chosen to become its very symbol.Read More

Poised gracefully on the sun-kissed, Florida coastline, Palma Bella offers the kind of amenities that are sure to please even the most discriminating resident. Breathtaking ocean vistas. A heated oceanfront pool and spa. Welcoming terraces. Colorful courtyards. And an average year-round temperature of 70 degrees. Come inside and you’ll see that we’ve spared no expense – elegantly appointing each condominium home with the kind of luxurious details that not only say you’ve arrived, but invite you to stay.

Location: Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Services: Construction

Completed: 2007

Douglas Cook

Douglas Cook, a professional with a committed vision and passion for quality.

Cook Development

Douglas Cook, President & Founder

Douglas Cook’s 35-year career covers all facets of the construction industry and includes the renovation of the historic Riviera Hotel in Holly Hill and the former Lake Alfred Hotel in Lake Alfred, as well as the coveted St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Marbella, Bella Vista and Palma Bella condominiums in Daytona Beach Shores. He is personally and fully involved in every project through its duration.

This committed vision drives Cook Development. First is listening to customers: knowing that his clients demand superior quality, distinctive design, and complete satisfaction. Next is working with the most talented professionals: ensuring the highest standards in aesthetics, construction, and amenities. This exquisite area of Florida and the people drawn to it deserve nothing less than the excellence of Cook Development.



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Demolition Begins at North Lakeland Church

Demolition of the former Without Walls Central, Polk County’s largest church sanctuary, began Tuesday.

Former Without Walls Central Property: Church Sanctuary to Be Torn Down

A pair of investors from Daytona Beach have purchased the former Without Walls Central property in North Lakeland.


  • Office Location: 2130 S. Atlantic Avenue
    Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7407
    Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32116

For information about condominium re-sales, please contact us at:
re-sales@cookdevelopment-fl.com or at: +1 (386) 236-0735