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Gulf Place Phase II nears completion in Gulf Shores

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Construction is nearly complete on phase two of Gulf Place in Gulf Shores.  The beachfront has been completely transformed into a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment, connecting the public beach to the west all the way to the Pink Pony Pub.  New landscaping and other amenities have created a welcoming environment for visitors. 

For the city that brands itself as “Small Town, Big Beach” the Gulf Place project has been a major undertaking.  When the final phase is complete just over a year from now, more than a year and a half of work will be done and 15 million dollars spent.  Those who’ve seen the results say it’s well worth it.

“It looks good like this.  You come down and you’ve got you know, a nice look,” said Gulf Shores resident, Brian Trivett.  “You can look out onto the beach without tripping over something.  It’s really nice, honestly.  It’s my opinion, the best thing they’ve done so far.”

Gone is the old boardwalk, replaced with wide open walkways and green spaces.  Benches and picnic tables offer a place to relax and a playground for the little ones has been added.  Whether you live there or vacationing from out-of-state, the first impression is sure to impress.

“It’s gorgeous…better than it was once before,” said Tyler Ricci from Georgia.  “I absolutely love it and this is my first time back since this.”

City officials are counting on Gulf Place to benefit the city financially as well.

“This whole beach area is starting to get redeveloped.  We’ve got additional, new restaurants popping up, projects that are coming down the road so this is truly an economic driver if you will to this Gulf Beach district,” explained Grant Brown with the city of Gulf Shores.

Other improvements to the Gulf Place district include medians and sidewalks along Gulf Beach Highway, all designed with pedestrian safety in mind.  That work along with final touches on the new restroom facilities will be completed in the next couple of weeks.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for April 26 at 5:30 p.m.  The public is invited out to enjoy the fun with live entertainment.  Work on the final phase of the project will begin after the National Shrimp Festival this fall.  

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