Trigaux: Boom times remaking Clearwater Beach into...what?
These are the good times for Clearwater Beach.
The Opal Sands Resort opens this week. Coming soon are five other hotels, including the luxury Wyndham Grande Hotel.
While the benefits of such development are clear, the boom poses challenges for officials who are scrambling for ways to brace for the traffic with some pretty unorthodox solutions, including gondolas.
The crush of commercial development even has some officials rethinking the tourism model in Pinellas County.
"If the goal is simply get more people, that is a dangerous cycle. What we are trying to do is work on 'yield' - to get a greater economic impact - from fewer visitors and have less stress on out infrastructure,"says Pinellas tourism chief David Downing of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.
Check out how this historic economic revival is changing Tampa Bay here.