Clearwater Marine Aquarium Expansion

Clearwater Marine Aquarium plans to build a 1,000 seat arena, an 11,300 s.f. addition , new parking garage, and other capital improvements. The project is expected to add 10 jobs at CMA. CMA has seen increased attendance, as a result of the feature film “Dolphin Tale“. The movie stars Winter (along with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd), a resident dolphin at CMA, and much of the filming took place at the aquarium on Island Estates and nearby Harborview Center. Attendance is expected to rise as the release of the movie approaches, later this year.

Waters Edge, Clearwater


Water's Edge Condo

Waters Edge condominium sits on a bluff overlooking the scenic new Clearwater Harbor Marina, barrier islands and beaches. Rising 26 stories over street-level retail and parking, Water’s Edge delivers hurricane resistance, sound-proofing, privacy, comfort and convenience, including secure gated entry, air-conditioned storage and covered parking spaces for all residences. Amenities include pool, spa, lounge, and business center.  Water’s Edge is located in downtown Clearwater, with Clearwater Beach in view, offers urban living with a vacation lifestyle.  The location provides easy access to Clearwater St Pete Airport, as well as Tampa International Airport.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For New Boat Slips

The City of Clearwater will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for the new Downtown Boat Slips 9 A.M. September 2nd, at 210 Drew St. The event will include speeches by city officials and representatives from the agencies that have worked to ensure the success of the project. Refreshments will be served.

Clearwater voters signed off on the project in a 2007 city referendum. The completed facility includes 126 boat slips, 1,700 feet of overnight space for visitors, 700 feet of space for daytime visits and special events that are happening in the downtown area. The daytime space is free. The boat slip lengths range in size from 30 to 55 feet. Slips are available to anyone that is interested. There are slips currently available and boats must fit within the area of the slip.

Slip Rates:
Resident: $9 per foot length of the slip
Non-resident: $10.50 per foot length of the slip

The boat slips facility will include 24-hour security, restrooms and showers, convenient parking, laundry facilities, electricity and a pump-out service.

For more information or if you are interested in renting a slip, call the Clearwater Municipal Marina at 462-6954.

Water’s Edge Luxury Condos Grand Re-Opening

Despite concerns of a still-weak real estate market, the grand re-opening of Water’s Edge on Thursday, July 29th marked history in the Tampa Bay and Gulf Coast area. The offering of luxury condominium homes at up-to-50-percent-off original listing prices was a success. The pricing structure was intended to sell units quickly and is working. Water’s Edge has already sold enough condominiums to pay off its acquisition loan and eliminate the financial risk to their investors. There are still residences available such as no. 901 that originally went for $634,800 now sells for $304,900.

The momentum generated by the grand re-opening is being looked at by City Fathers as the residential jump-start for Downtown Clearwater’s revival. Maxwell Drever, chairman of Concierge Asset Management, who is known for his long career of gentrifying and rejuvenating communities through smart buying, hopes to have Water’s Edge lit up like a Christmas tree with residents come December instead of its former ghost-tower past.

Concierge remains committed to Drever’s original purpose of buying at fair market value and passing the savings along to future buyers, allowing Water’s Edge purchasers to take advantage of “landmark living” despite the country’s recent economic hardship.

“The market determines the price, which is something we understand,” said Grant Wood of Stingray Asset Management, the company managing the sale of the Offered Units.

Water’s Edge offers a stunning view of the Intercoastal waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, 85% of the units in Water’s Edge have water vistas. The building’s easy access to Clearwater Beach, adjacent municipal marina, first-class luxury amenities and a City committed to growth made this property a prime location for Drever and his team.

Mayor Hibbard who spoke at the event said, “What [does] Apple, Microsoft and Water’s Edge all have in common? Answer: They are all opportunities that you would have wanted in on, on the ground floor.”

Water’s Edge, the tallest building in Downtown Clearwater, will no longer stand as a giant reminder of economic hard times, but strong and mighty as a symbol of rebirth. The luxury way of life was simulated by Robb & Stucky Interiors, Neiman Marcus, Galati Yachts, Dew Automotives, June’s Orchid Estate and Menaul Fine Art who all participated in the classic event.

About Concierge Asset Management:
Concierge Asset Management, headquartered in Houston, TX, is a value-added, vertically integrated real estate investment company. Together with its institutional partners, Concierge acquires, repositions and manages large luxury condominium communities and apartment communities. Concierge is often “buyer of choice” for lenders/ sellers of challenged non-performing loans (NPLs) or foreclosed properties due to its expertise in providing both post and pre-closing cost-effective solutions for problems in their portfolios of multi-family and other types of investment properties. Concierge’s founder-chairman, Maxwell Drever, president and chief executive officer Ted Kerr and their teammates, many with decades of service with Concierge, are also recognized for their social and environmentally conscious property and community transformations. Currently, Concierge is investing nationwide in properties and/or their NPLs.

Sand Key Club Condo

Sand Key Club Condo

Sand Key Club condo amenities include 24 hour security, exercise center, clubhouse, pool, and spa. Sand Key is a highly sought location with pristine beaches and well manicured properties, and is a popular vacation destination. In addition the private condo amenities, residents also have access to  tennis courts and miles of sidewalks throughout Sand Key and Sand Key Park.

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Clearwater Marina Gets Approval

The current owner of the former Clearwater Bay Marina at 900 N Osceola Ave, just north of the Seminole boat ramp, has received approval from the Community Development Board to build new marina. The Clearwater Basin Marina will have 87 recreational slips, there will be no commercial boats or personal watercraft slips available.

The site currently has about 100 concrete pilings that are the remnants of a luxury condo building that was scrapped. Local residents call it “Stonehenge”. The owner isn’t planning to build any condos right now, but could in the future. The pilings cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to construct and will not be removed. Instead, they will be hidden with landscaping and fencing, possibly to use for future development.