WEDNESDAY’S CUP: Clearwater center stages a revival
By: Gulf Coast Business Review
May 18, 2011
After years in the doldrums, Clearwater’s Cleveland Street business district appears to be making a comeback with the help of several new shops and a famous dolphin.
The Clearwater Downtown Partnership and Ruth Eckerd Hall are combining to host this year’s Momentum Awards May 25 in the Atrium Lobby at 601 Cleveland St. David Allbritton, chairman of the city’s Downtown Development Board, will be keynote speaker and Vice Mayor George Cretekos will offer a “State of Downtown” update.
Downtown Clearwater was once considered a “dead district” but has been experiencing new growth and revitalization. Examples of the resurgence include:
- the upcoming release of “A Dolphin Tale,” a feature film about Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s best-known resident, Winter, and her prosthetic tail fin.
- expansion of Blast Friday, which draws crowds to the Cleveland Street district on the last Friday of each month.
- Clearwater Fashion and Arts Week, which is starting a movement to draw more arts and cultural activities downtown.
- the completion and grand opening of the Clearwater Harbor Marina.
- the opening of new businesses such as Casanova Restaurant and Lounge, Hispania Tapas Bar & Cafe, Blue Dahlia Marketplace, Olive Tree and Cafe 241, along with the expansion of Green Organic Food and Wine Bar and Tony’s Pizzeria and Ristorante.