Gulf Place to begin revitalization

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by James Gordon

Imagine a new boardwalk 20 feet wide and more than a half mile long. It's all part of the big facelift and things are just getting started.

Today heavy machinery was hard at work getting started on the site preps for the fist phase of the Gulf Place Revitalization. " This improvement includes some access management with grassy medians in the middle that provide a way for people to get across, pedestrian crosswalks, lowering the speed limit ," said Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.

It'll take three phases and three years to make it all happen. The city of Gulf Shores will spend $15 million. The first $4.5 million this fall on the West Second Street parking, pavilion and changing area. "This is basically coming from the general fund and from BP settlement dollars we've received and accumulated for this purpose," said Craft.

It's about making this the center piece of Gulf Shores and making it user-friendly and appealing to everyone who comes here. "Some of the improvements that are going to take place along beach boulevard are sidewalks on the north and south side, new bike lanes, said Dan Bond the city's Environmental Grant Coordinator.

For the locals and for those who make this their home away from home, revitalizing Gulf Place is a welcome inconvenience. "Progress is inevitable and I think that's a good idea because they have so many things going on here. I think they could use the bigger better accommodations ," said Brenda Strickland who visits twice a year from Birmingham.

Construction bids will go out in October and construction will begin in earnest after the Shrimp Festival and they will finish right before Spring Break.

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