Archives for May 2009

St Pete Clearwater Airport Getting Renovations

The St. PetersburgClearwater International Airport is undergoing major renovations including $12M in terminal improvements. The first phase should be finished by the winter holiday season. Over 97% of the project is grant funded, with the remainder coming from stimulus funds.

Renovations will improve the infrastructure, passenger conveniences, and cosmetics. One of the major features will be passenger loading bridges – some airlines will not fly to an airport without them.

During World War II the airport was a military training. After the war, the government gave property, then called the “Pinellas Army Airfield” to Pinellas County, and it became the Pinellas International Airport(PIE). PIE is one of the largest employers in the county and the busiest Coast Guard Air Station in the World. The 2,000 acre property has 3 runways.

Airport Traffic Snapshot: 70 tourist, 30% local comprised of:
5% passenger airlines
1% UPS cargo
10% military
84% private and corporate general aviation

Carriers include:
Allegiant Air
USA 3000
Sunwing
Transat Holidays
Sea Coast Airlines
Beau Rivage

All flights are nonstop. Canada is currently the only other country with flights available, but there is now a runway long enough for nonstop flights from Europe. The airport website is http://www.fly2pie.com/

Dunedin Gives Fenway Hotel Redevelopement Approval

The developer plans to complete a period restoration on 48,694 square feet to resurrect its 1920s grandeur and two new wings featuring 1920s’ design motifs. Fenway on the Bay was a popular resort from 1924 to the late 1950s. Later it was home to Trinity College and most recently Schiller International University. As part of the agreement the 5.2-acre property on Bayshore Boulevard in Dunedin will be designated a single-site historic overlay district.

When completed the renovated hotel will include: 132 rooms, restaurant, ballroom, meeting space, spa and retail shops. The development agreement calls for the construction of a 6-foot decorative masonry wall noise buffer prior to the start of the renovation work and an off site parking lot will handle employee and overflow parking.