A $175 million resort is underway in Clearwater Beach after years of delay. The 450 room Wyndham Grand Resort will sit at the north end of Beachwalk next to the Hyatt. The 15 story luxury resort will feature a mix of hotel and timeshare units, restaurants, spa and convention space. The resort is expected to open in early 2017. The Wyndham Grand is one of several new properties under construction in Clearwater Beach. Other projects underway include a new Hampton Inn hotel, and the Opal Sands Resort.
Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, opens in theaters nationwide September 12th. Filming began on October 7, 2013, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and finished early this year. In addition to the aquarium, filming also took place in a variety of locations around Tampa Bay, including Clearwtater Beach, Tarpon Springs, Fort De Soto and Largo. The sequel revolves around more true stories from the aquarium, including both Winter and the baby dolphin, Hope. Also included is the story of the rehabilitated dolphin Mandy, a dolphin CMA successfully released back into the wild. Aquarium visitors can partake in “Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure” daily. The photo of Hope was taken in 2011 at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The movies have gained the aquarium worldwide attention, resulting in more visitors and generating revenue for both CMA and the local economy. Hotels from Clearwater Beach to St Pete Beach are offering vacation packages that include aquarium admission and souvenirs.
The newest Pinellas County Walmart, located across from the Bay Pines VA hospital will open on Wednesday. This store was designed to blend into its surroundings and is heavily landscaped. It is a full-size Walmart and will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, employing about 300 full and part-time associates. Besides general merchandise, the store offers produce and groceries, organic selections, and meat. It will also have a pharmacy and liquor section.
The Holiday Inn located in Indian Rocks Beach has plans for expansion that include a water park and additional rooms. The water park will feature a lazy river and waterslide. Alongside the water park a new building will be constructed with 100 rooms. Construction on the new building will begin sometime after the water park is complete this summer.
A crew from the Travel Channel show “Food Paradise” was on site at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on April 2, a beachfront bar and grill very popular with tourists and locals alike. The restaurant is expected to be featured in the fall season of “Food Paradise.”
“Food Paradise,” features restaurants that offer unique cuisine and dining experiences across America. According Diane McManis of the Clearwater Gazette, Frenchy’s grouper sandwich was a hit with the show’s staff – “one of the tastiest, most mouth-watering and decadent meals,” according to McManis. Another sandwich, the grouper Reuben is featured in a Southern Living book being released in May.
USA Today Names Clearwater Beach the “Best Beach Town in Florida” (via PR Newswire)
NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — USA Today, the most widely read newspaper in America, has named Clearwater Beach “Best Beach Town in Florida.” Online voters confirmed what many have believed for a long time that Clearwater Beach is outstanding. USA Today states Clearwater Beach received more…