GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) - What has been talked about for years is becoming a reality. Gone are the parking spaces and boardwalks. Now, green space, walking trails, palm trees and playgrounds. "This is for our community and our residents here to come here and enjoy the beach," says Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft who spear-headed the transformation of Gulf Place.
"We got that as a concert stage. Bring your lawn chairs and have small little events here," he says while walking along the beachfront sidewalk.
The final touches are being made on the newly constructed bathhouse, "It's just a whole lot nicer inside." The main entrance to Gulf Place has been reconfigured, "We're going to have to put some traffic calming devices in here. You get a green light and people will be coming pretty quick through here."
While there is a lot to admire, what Craft is most proud of is how folks have embraced the new look.
"It's great," says John Patterson visiting from Mississippi. "Looks good. It's going to be convenient for a lot more people." Marilyn O'Brien has lived in Gulf Shores for fifteen years. "Change is not easy for anybody anytime but this one works and it's absolutely a beautiful area to come down to."
The new welcome mat to the beach in Gulf Shores is not quite finished. The final phase of construction will begin this Fall. When it's done, Craft believes the new look will generate new growth and opportunities for the entire city.
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