UPDATED: JANUARY 19, 2017 12:48 PM — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is pursuing stormwater management permits that would support a new series of hotel or timeshare buildings at its Caribbean Beach Resort.
Disney filed a permit application on Jan. 17 with the South Florida Water Management District for "Project 88/Caribbean Beach," on the resort property located east of Victory Way, and south of Buena Vista Drive.
The request includes modifying existing stormwater systems to support the construction of seven new buildings, parking lots and road modifications within a 60.58-acre resort area.
The new buildings and adapted stormwater ponds will involve partial demolition of the existing Barbados Village, one of six villages that make up the resort, according to a post-development drainage basin map.
A large, rectangular multi-story building would be the main piece of new construction, north of the 45-acre lake known as "Barefoot Bay" that the resort surrounds. The plans indicate work would start on the project this year and be completed by 2019.
Disney has not formally announced the project, and did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday about how many new units the construction would bring.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort opened in October 1988, and has more than 2,100 rooms.
The environmental resource permit application remains under initial review by SFWMD.