Beach Walk - Clearwater Beach's Newest Attraction

Beach Walk is now complete and ready for visitors. The multi-million dollar, half-mile long winding beachside promenade features artistic touches, landscaping, and amenities. It travels along south Clearwater Beach north to Pier 60 Park, home of the famed 1,080-foot fishing pier and observation deck, and the nightly Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival. Beach Walk has improved beach access, and allows comfortalbe strolling, sunset gazing, people watching, beachfront dining and shopping.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2nd Annual Beach Walk Benefit This Weekend

The 2nd annual Beach Walk will be Saturday January 22, 2011. Sponsored by Chapel-by-the-Sea and RCS Food Bank, the Beach Walk raises funds and food to RCS Food Bank in Clearwater. Registration for Beach Walk open sat 7:30 a.m. at the Palm Pavilion on Clearwater Beach and the Beach Walk starts at 8:30 a.m, followed by a pancake breakfast. A raffle will be held following the Beach Walk with proceeds going to the RCS Food Bank.

The 2 mile course will go along the beach, turning at the Hyatt and returning along the beach walk and Mandalay ending at Chapel-by-the Sea, with entertainment provided throughout. Participants receive a Beach Walk T-shirt ind items from local merchants. Registration is $12 for adults and $9 for children 6 to 18, breakfast is $6.

Participants and supporters are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations to the Beach Walk. For registration call Shari Maxwell at 446-0430.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beach Walk Family Festival Scheduled For October

The first Family Fun Festival is planned for October 24 and 25, 2009. Beach Walk will offer arts,crafts, toys and novelties for sale along with entertainment, games, celebrity visits, food and refreshments.

The Family Fun Fest will benefit Tampa Bay Harvest, who's mission is to end hunger in our community by moving good food from super markets, restaurants and other sources to places where hungry people are being fed. Shelters, food pantries and other services are the recipients of the food.

The Clearwater Beach Association is offering volunteers and planning help. Anyone wishing to volunteer can call Rich Gonzalez at 727-394-1012. Crafters can sign up at

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Finally, A Deal For Beach Parking Garage

Clearwater Beach has finally struck a deal to build a city parking garage. City council voted unanimously on a 300 space 4 level garage atop ground floor retail space. Vehicles will enter and exit the garage from Coronado Drive.

The site is currently the home of Britt's Laguna Grill, a popular restaurant on the Beachwalk promenade. A new Britt's will be located on the ground floor. Surf Style Retail Management, who owns the site will pay to build the garage itself, with no city tax dollars. It has not yet been determined what the city will charge for parking, but it will likely be similar the agreement the city has with the Hyatt, which will have 400 parking places for the public in its 750-space garage - rates must be "comparable" to the garages of other beachfront resorts.

The Beachwalk project, which was completed last year, eliminated hundreds of waterfront parking spaces on S. Gulfview Blvd, and the city has been scrambling ever since to come up with replacements. The city is currently leasing 2 vacant lots for parking.

The project is expected to to be complete by next fall.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Beach Walk Open (Officially, this time)

Clearwater's long-awaited $30-million Beach Walk opened officially Saturday,(it had unofficially opened in the spring). Narrow sidewalks have been replaced by two wide, paved promenades for skating, walking and biking — one along the sand and the other in front of the stores, restaurants and hotels on the east side of S Gulfview Boulevard.

While the transformation is wonderful, it's just the beginning. In 2009, the Hyatt Hotel will open, adding 400 public parking spaces. Passers-by will be welcomed into the hotel to enjoy its restaurants and shops. Other hotels, stores and restaurants are expected to open on the east side, where the promenade is 35 feet wide to permit sidewalk cafes and public seating. So while the west side of Beach Walk is unlikely to see many changes other than maintenance and minor tweaking, the east side is still a work in progress in some sections.
Beach Walk was designed to be a beautiful attractor — to attract new hotels and restaurants and to attract visitors who wanted an experience off the sand. Already, it is doing both.
Clearwater officials have good reason to be proud of the result.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beach Walk Celebration Scheduled

The City of Clearwater &bSunsets at Pier 60, will Celebrate Beach Walk on Saturday, July 19. A dedication ceremony will begin at 6 pm at the Sundial Plaza at Beach Walk, with a fireworks display at 9:30 pm.There will be musicians, street entertainers, local mascots and others will perform along the Beach Walk promenade. Many beach businesses will be offering specials during the celebration. Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. Beach Walk was designed to revitalize the community that surrounds Clearwater’s popular south beach destination. The $30-million project has attracted new hotel development to the beach and will bring new tourism to the area.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beach Walk Open For Business

Ahead of schedule, the highly anticipated Beach Walk opened this morning. The barricades on South Gulf View Blvd came down in time for the summer crowds. The opening was especially exciting for Frenchy's South Beach Cafe, which was forced to close temporarily as well as other business owners who were affected by the construction. Finishing touches are still being completed, including parking and lighting on Coronado Dr.

Beach Walk is the winding, landscaped, concrete promenade replacing South Gulfview and its old beach parking lots. City leaders say it will offer walkers, skaters and bicyclists a place to socialize, dine or simply enjoy the sun and surf. Beach Walk was designed to improve tourism and spur development of three hotels along the beach, including the Hyatt Aqualea

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Beach Walk Ahead Of Schedule

Phase 2 and 3 of the Beach Walk project will be open to the public months ahead of schedule according to the city public information coordinator.

Phase 2 is the construction of the north end of Beach Walk, relocating Gulfview Boulevard through the existing parking area, and constructing wide promenades on both east and west sides of the new road. Phase 3 is the construction of the south end of Gulfview Boulevard, which will mirror improvements made in Phase 2.

Phase 1, the widening of Coronado Dr was completed last year. Additional lighting and parking will be added later. Phase 4, the final phase, is expected to be finished in time for the Super Bowl in January 2009.

The Clearwater Beach Walk Project

Beach Walk will provide a winding beachside promenade with lush landscaping, artistic touches and views of the beach and the gulf. Beach Walk will provide a place where bicyclists, rollerbladers and pedestrians all have safe and convenient access. Beach Walk will visitors and locals a place to socialize, dine, play games, or simply enjoy the spectacular sun and surf.

The Beach Walk project was designed to revitalize Clearwater Beach, which attracts visitors from all over the world. The city's "Beach by Design" plan has attracted new hotel development at a time when many older hotels are being converted into condos, threatening the tourism industry.

Tourism is Clearwater's number one industry, and the beach is key. Officials realized there was a need to improve the atmosphere surrounding our beautiful beaches. With more permanent residences going up on the beach, it was also important to preserve overnight accommodations for millions of visitors.

Beach Walk is designed to bring visitors closer to the beach and provide an environment that will draw hotel, retail, entertainment and restaurant business for visitors, residents, and day trippers. Already, several new hotel projects are in development in part because of the improvements promised by Beach Walk.

Modern amenities and a true "beachside experience" is what Beach Walk is all about, making Clearwater Beach a destination for Tampa Bay, the region, and the world. In short, Beach Walk is the future of tourism in Clearwater.

Beach Walk Hotel Projects

Aqualea Resort & Residences - 250 resort condominium units that will be rented and managed by Hyatt; 18 permanent residential condominiums.

Gulfview Beach Resort - Hotel room and suites with spectacular views are now available in both towers.

Kiran Grand Resort & Spa - 350 condominium suites to be rented; 75 permanent residences.

Sandpearl Resort - 253-room resort; 50 resort suites; and 117 condominium homes (former site of the Clearwater Beach Hotel).

For pre-construction pricing, floor plans, and other information on these and other Clearwater Beach condo projects call PropCo Real Estate toll free (888)499-5454.