Perfect for Island Homecoming: New Beach and Park Upgrades


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 28th, 2017 – Seasonal residents of Longboat Key coming home this spring and summer will find themselves practically having a new beach as well as upgraded facilities at the town’s popular Bayfront Park.

A multimillion-dollar project to renourish the island’s Gulf Coast beaches has been fully completed in the 2016 fourth quarter, further enhancing the values of Longboat Key real estate for sale. The beach renourishment, which started in April last year, brings most benefits to the properties at the central part of Longboat Key where the coast has been badly eroded for years.

This area covers a stretch of about 2.5 miles from Buttonwood Cove northward to the Pelican Harbour condominium and brings delights as well to nearby residential properties at The Beach, The Diplomat and Sea Horse Beach Resorts.

Wider and More Robust Coastline

Perfect for Island Homecoming: New Beach and Park Upgrades

The coastal makeover has extended the beach by 100 feet and replaced sand about 4 feet deep which brings more besides a more robust storm buffer. The sand renourishment also provides nesting turtles and seabirds a larger habitat, plus of course a wider beach for residents and tourist visitors to enjoy.

At the southern stretch of Longboat Key, the three-phase beach upgrade also covered the coastline from the Islander Club south groin down to Sea Place. The makeover here likewise improved the beachfronts from L’Ambiance to Regent Place and farther southward to the condos and luxury single family homes at the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Up north, the project also improved the beaches from the Westchester to the Casa del Mar condos. All of the beach areas which have been closed because of the project have already been reopened.

Finishing Touches on $3.5-M Park Makeover

Residents of Longboat Key, meanwhile, are anticipating the reopening of the town’s Bayfront Park which has been undergoing a $3.5 million upgrade. This project, which began sometime in mid-2016, is slated for completion this June. The park will feature new facilities including tennis courts, shuffleboard courts and basketball courts. It will also host the first-ever dog park in Longboat Key and provide new picnic shelters, restrooms and new sidewalks along with mangrove pathways.

The Bayfront Park makeover likewise calls for upgrades on its landscaping and the construction of new parking spaces, playground, fishing piers and pavilions. Additionally, the park will have security cameras and provide Wi-Fi access and an electric car charging station.

Besides its fishing docks, the park will have a kayak launch, and the town’s authorities are set to enforce a new ordinance to regulate kayak-rental vendors not only at Bayfront but also elsewhere in the island.

Ready for the Busy Season

This new regulation requires that vendors first enter into concessionaire agreement with the town. Local authorities adopted this rule in order to avoid the overcrowding around watercraft rentals in Longboat Key.

In addition to its facilities under construction, Bayfront Park offers beach access and a Recreation Center. This center has just reopened this January after being closed for some time because of the ongoing park construction. Local officials purposively pushed for the center’s early reopening. This move was in consideration of the upcoming busy season looming to be more vibrant with the completed revitalization of the Longboat Key beaches.