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.

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 Narrow sidewalks have been replaced by two wide, paved promenades for skating, walking and biking — one along the sand and the other in front of the stores, restaurants and hotels on the east side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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Beach Update

Sand volleyball courts have been replaced and reopened south
of Pier 60 and showers along the promenade are working.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Beach Walk Construction Update

Old and New Gulfview Boulevard is closed between the south side of the project and Pier 60. New Gulfview Boulevard is open from Coronado Dr to the Pier 60 parking lot. Construction on two roads is underway with curbing and paving scheduled to begin soon. Trail work at the Pier 60 entrance is complete. Drainage work at the Hess Station has started near Bayway and Gulfview. One lane is open for traffic in each direction. Estimated completion of the Beach Walk project is 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.