Help Imagine Clearwater’s Future
Clearwater has scheduled the second round of community workshops that focus on the future of the downtown waterfront area.
CLEARWATER – City officials are holding the second round of community workshops to discuss the Imagine Clearwater master plan, which will establish a framework for the future of the downtown Clearwater waterfront area.
Clearwater’s downtown waterfront is a beloved civic asset, officials said. The bluff’s elevation is unique on Florida’s coastline, providing unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Clearwater Beach. Home to Coachman Park, the waterfront is an important community gathering place, hosting cultural events that attract visitors from across the region. Building on these strengths, the Imagine Clearwater master plan creates tremendous opportunity to rethink the future of the waterfront, improve its connection to downtown, and create a vibrant destination for all.
During this second round of workshops, the public will provide feedback on the draft vision statement and guiding principles for Imagine Clearwater that summarize input received during the first round of community workshops. Attendees will also help identify and provide feedback on preliminary ideas for the master plan.
Imagine Clearwater is a community-focused master planning effort for Clearwater’s downtown waterfront. Over a five-month process, the city is engaging Clearwater residents to “reimagine” the future of the downtown waterfront, including the area around Coachman Park. When completed, the master plan will provide a vision for the future of Clearwater’s downtown waterfront and an implementation plan to achieve this vision.
The community workshops will be held:
- 6:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 12) at the Downtown Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave.
- 6 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 13) at the Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. (northwest corner of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and U.S. 19).
“Nearly 300 people attended the first round of community workshops, which is an excellent turnout for any type of public meeting,” said Michael Delk, Clearwater planning and development director. “This proves that the community is excited about the redevelopment opportunity of this part of Clearwater and that they want to be a part of the decision-making process.”
For residents who are unable to attend a community workshop, there are still other opportunities to provide input. These include
- Going to myclearwaterinput.com and taking part in one of the “Imagine Clearwater” discussions;
- Following the city of Clearwater on Facebook and making comments or posting questions directly to the page;
- Visiting imagineclearwater.com and leaving a comment online.
“The city of Clearwater is committed to getting significant public input on this project and then using it in a meaningful way,” Delk said. “The downtown Clearwater waterfront is an iconic area for this region, and we want to ensure that all the residents of Clearwater have a strong voice in how this area will look and feel in the future.”
For information on the Imagine Clearwater project or the community workshops, go to imagineclearwater.com or call Gina Clayton, the city’s assistant director of the planning anddDevelopment department, at (727) 562-4587.
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