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Strolling through time in downtown FWB

FORT WALTON BEACH — Unlike those who live in and cherish old and well-known American cities such as Savannah and Charleston, not many local residents seem to be aware of or appreciate Fort Walton Beach’s historical gems, Ted Corcoran says. But the planned relocation of the historic Gulfview Hotel building in downtown hopefully will generate…


Melbourne – Eau Gallie Boulevard detour, paving about to kick off

MELBOURNE — An Eau Gallie Boulevard resurfacing project designed to improve stormwater drainage and aesthetics through downtown Eau Gallie is about to kick into high gear. The $2.1 million undertaking will upgrade 1.7 miles of the bustling east-west roadway, extending from Pineapple Avenue near Squid Lips Overwater Bar & Grill past U.S. 1 to Mosswood Drive. Work started in late November. Improvements…


The revival of two downtowns

Paul Thorpe has received warranted credit recently for his efforts to improve downtown Sarasota. As historian Jeff LaHurd wrote in the Herald-Tribune, Thorpe long ago earned the moniker “Mr. Downtown” in recognition of his volunteer and professional work with the Downtown Association he helped create and operate — and the city has appropriately agreed to…