I was concerned about construction going on in Clearwater Beach, after reading the comments made by 2boys&travel regarding the demolition of some hotels in the area. We are staying next month at the Snowflake Inn. I did not want to have to deal with construction because I have just returned from Punta Cana, and the resort next to the one I was at was under construction.
This is the response I received from the Public Relations Director from floridabeach.com:
Here's the official news on the redevelopment of
In 2006, the City of Clearwater begins construction of several new
resorts and its Beach Walk street beautification project. During the
enhancement, Clearwater's beach itself and all related activities for
visitors remain open and unchanged. Clearwater's beach is ranked the #1
Activity Beach by the Travel Channel and remains the most popular beach
on Florida's Gulf coast. For factual, real-time updates on construction
and its impacts, log on to www.myclearwater.com/beachwalk.com.
What that means is that this year they will expand Coronado Drive (a
road that runs parallel to Gulfview Blvd - the beach road - and is one
block off the beach). They are expanding this road so it will become the
main artery, the beach road will become more scenic.
That's really all the construction by the city. Now private developers
may be doing other projects.
There are a few hotels that are shut down and fenced off on the main
strip of Clearwater Beach. A few have been demolished and a few more
will be demolished this spring. But all of the public businesses on the
beach and at the marina are open and operating. Nearly all the work
being done is south of the Pier 60 Roundabout. The Snowflake Inn is on the
north end. There are no city projects going on north of the Roundabout.
However, the Sandpearl Resort is being constructed on the site of the
former Clearwater Beach Hotel. But all of that demolition was done last
year and the resort has already broken ground. There is also a small
condo project approved for 15-27 Avalon and 16 Kendall St., which is
near the Snowflake. It is a 15-condo unit and is called Ambiance on
White Sands. It is a private development that has been approved. But we
have no information on when that will start. I would recommend asking
the motel representative.
I believe you will find that the north end of Clearwater Beach is still
the same. In the next few weeks, the city will have webcams running on
its website, and that will give you a good look at the south beach. They
will have one camera near Frenchy's and the Palm Pavilion, but since
that's not a major part of the redevelopment, that will be it.