Rumors that some of Pleasure Island was going to close had been circulating since early this year, if not earlier. The lack of anything new going into the building which formerly housed the Missing Link fast food restaurant (despite a complete gutting and renovations two years ago) followed by this year's closure of the Rock'n'Roll Beach Club kept the rumors churning.
One never knows how credible rumors are but those that seemed most credible had BET closing to become The Adventurers Club Restaurant and Motion closing to become meeting/banquet space. Those same rumors kept 8TRAX and Mannequins open in some form; both were in the same building and shared electrical and HVAC systems. As the most highly-themed dance clubs, it made sense that these would remain even if they were leased out to a third party to operate.
The announcement thus shocked everyone......patrons AND PI employees!