We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

Which Clearwater hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
Twin Cities...
Level Contributor
155 posts
14 reviews
Save Topic
REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

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

Clearwater Beach:

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.

Indian Trail, North...
Destination Expert
for Charlotte
Level Contributor
844 posts
68 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

Thanks samjj for that report, as I have been concerned about this as well. I don't think it will stop me from going though. Does anyone know where Barefoot Bay is to all this construction?

Twin Cities...
Level Contributor
155 posts
14 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

I think Barefoot Bay is just north of pier 60, as you come onto the island. according to what is stated above, there are no projects going on north of the roundabout, so it should be okay.

Indian Trail, North...
Destination Expert
for Charlotte
Level Contributor
844 posts
68 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

Thanks again. I have never been to a beach town where the wasn't 'some kind' of construction going on, like a new hotel going up, road work, etc.... But I was concerned also about Clearwater b/c of the posts on this site. Oh well, I guess we will take our chances as I am reserving this week for the first week in June. Sounds like we may be ok at Barefoot then. I just wish it would get here sooner!

middle england
Destination Expert
for Leicestershire, Norfolk
Level Contributor
3,454 posts
56 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

Very useful information, thanks samjj.

I suppose it was inevitable that major developments would take place at Clearwater Beach, but it is somewhat regrettable I feel.

I first went there in 1987 when Brits were a rarity and all the locals very friendly, perhaps because many Americans thought we were Aussies! The bridge to Sand Key was a toll bridge and the roads in CB were used for cruising by the local youths. It's now lost much of this friendly atmosphere and small resort feel.

Still a great beach, though!

NYC
Level Contributor
11 posts
5 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

I am going to clearwater for the first time in April. I do not know the area well enough to know if our Hotel (HILTON) is in the affected area. Can anyone help.

Thanks

Twin Cities...
Level Contributor
155 posts
14 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

The Hilton is also north of the roundabout. It has a great location.

Troy, IL
Level Contributor
4 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

All are correct in stating most of the construction is to the South. My wife and I just returned from a week in Clearwater beach and it is a shame what they are doing - turning it into another Ft. Lauderdale by tearing down many of the nice small hotels to build huge condos and resorts. We had a great time as we were looking for a nice relaxing vacation but with the demolition / construction that has just begun I doubt the slow paced, small town, and relaxing environment is going to last long.

We stayed at the Quality Inn on the Beach and while it is an older property it seemed well kept and very clean. The heated pool was great and though the “beach” was more of a man made deal on an inlet it was still very nice and private. Rumor has it that this property too has been sold and will be torn down in a couple of months to build a condo.

columbus, ohio
3 posts
Save Reply
8. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

me and my family, i have two teenage boys, are staying at howard johnsons at 325 s. gulfview the week after easter, does anyone know how the construction is in this area?

Swindon, UK
Level Contributor
84 posts
Save Reply
9. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

Anyone know if there is any construction going on around the Marriott Suites.

We are only in Clearwater for 4 nights so won't be a huge deal.

Just don't want any nasty surprises ;o)

Cheers

Level Contributor
50 posts
5 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: REDEVELOPMENT of Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk Project

RKCANDSS - have you seen the latest reviews on the HOJO? Also - I had a reservation with them for Easter, at a great price. I phoned to double check it was okay and they had cancelled it without even telling me. No response to any of my emails. I'd ring and check if I was you. Good luck.