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Sun Times Feature Story


Destination Hollywood Beach!


 HOLLYWOOD – As Maria Cabrera spent Sunday morning with her family at Hollywood Beach, she was hoping to beat the rain that had been showing up daily and ruining the final days of summer.

   Instead of dodging the storms that have cut many plans short the past week, Cabrera found herself actually getting some sun and taking in a destination that is on the verge of becoming one of the south Florida hotspots.

   While parking is still tough to find – and it will only get worse as the season quickly approaches – the merchants and visitors alike are truly pleased by what is transforming right before their very eyes. This is not only a place to come and get some sun, but Hollywood Beach is in the process of growing in a major way, and for those like Cabrera is a welcome sight.

   “I can see new businesses and plenty of growth happening here,” she said. “I figured once they finished everything that they are building, this is really going to be a place to come and spend an entire day.”

   At center of the growth is Margaritaville. The Hollywood Beach resort is scheduled to be completed in less than a year – target date in the summer of 2015 – is a full-service oceanfront resort and entertainment complex that will offer amenities and services that create the perfect setting for guests to escape the everyday. 

   The resort will feature multiple waterfront venues with everything from tiki bars to upscale dining including a Margaritaville Restaurant and a LandShark Bar and Grill.

   It’s places like Margaritaville that inspired other developers to come into Hollywood Beach and elevate this area that has always been popular, but will now be among the destination that will bring people into Hollywood year around.

   For business owners like Roger Morneau, the addition of such a landmark facility like Margaritaville, it’s something that everyone should embrace. He admits that he is counting the days until it opens its doors.

   “You would have to be very foolish not to want a place like that not be coming here,” he said. “Most of us have relied on business during the winter and early spring, but that really has never been enough. We have lost money in the past, but now there is a reason to finally be optimistic.”

   The entire beach has embraced the small changes that have been made by developers who recognize how vital this area is to the region. Locals and visitors alike come and take advantage of all the shops and restaurants along with beautiful beach that attracts people of all ages.

   “I see a lot of new faces all the time who come here and check the progress on Margaritaville out,” Morneau pointed out. “We have been in this recession for so long, anything positive is something you have to embrace.”

   One of the newest additions to the beach will be Sunset Harbor Residences. Located at 2800 N OCEAN DRIVE, this new impressive structure will feature four spacious floors of luxury living area and will include such perks as each unit will have a boat slip included in the price, all units have an elevator for easy access, oversized deck and balcony areas with outstanding views. One of the huge selling points will be all units have views to the ocean and Intracoastal and glass railings allowing for unobstructed views.

   Another development that is rising up along A1A will be Sky Harbor Condominiums, which is located on the Intracoastal Waterway. It will consist of a 5 story masonry structure with 4 floors of living space over grade level parking. Each unit will be a corner unit of approximately 2,036 square ft. Featuring 3 bedrooms & 3 ½ baths with wrap around decks of approximately 700 square ft. encompassing Intracoastal Waterway views to the north, south, and west  and some ocean views to the east.

   There will be 2 units per floor with elevator doors opening directly into private vestibules of each unit. Interior ceiling height will be 9’-10’ and the units will feature floor to ceiling glass in most of the rooms. There are 16 parking spaces on grade to service the 8 units. There will be 8 boat slips with 30’ finger docks capable of servicing vessels up to 70’ in length.

    For years, many were afraid that development would ruin the beach – and while some like Carl Taylor of Hollywood still feels that way, the economy has dictated that the only way to keep businesses afloat was to enhance the already attractive package that has been in place for years.

   “I have always been against growth like what we are seeing now,” Taylor said. “Too much traffic and way too crowded. That is what everyone who lives here fears. But this is not up to me – and I realize that developers believe they can enhance the area. Only time will tell.” 

   While the beach will always be a lure, this is an area that has needed more to become a major destination and not someplace to come and hang out for a few hours.

 

   Have an opinion on the growth that is ahead for Hollywood Beach, drop us a line and let us know.