CLEARWATER – With an 18-month expansion now complete, Shephard’s Beach Resort owners have planned a grand reopening to unveil the long awaited new resort.
There will be two events to celebrate the completion of the extensive renovations. The first will be an invitation-only charity event to benefit Suncoast Hospice on Friday, Aug. 1, 6 to 10 p.m. The second celebration will be a huge public party on Saturday, Aug. 2, noon to 11 p.m.
The expansion of Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, has touched nearly every aspect of the property from the hotel to the entertainment venues. It includes the addition of 93 contemporary new hotel rooms, the Ocean Flame Interactive Dining, an additional covered parking garage, a new 7,000-square-foot pool deck with the outdoor SOAK Pool Bar and a cutting-edge lounge called the SALT Tequila Bar & Tap Room.
The new 11,000-square-foot Tiki Bar area with professional concert stage, which kicked off the explosion of growth, was completed in 2012.
“This expansion is the vision and dream of my father,” said Gerri Shephard in a press release.
Gerri is the daughter of the late William “Bill” Shephard and director of operations at the resort. William sadly lost his battle to cancer in December 2013 before renovations had been completed.
“We are proud to dedicate the grand re-opening in my father’s memory. He would have been thrilled with the way it has all turned out,” she said.
Proceeds from the Aug. 1 private event – including a silent auction and admission charges collected from the entertainment venues that night – will be donated to Suncoast Hospice Foundation.