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Seaside Beach

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yourfriend6 wrote a review 9 Apr
charlotte, nc16 contributions1 helpful vote
So I read a lot of negative reviews and discovered they all were coming from people who actually weren’t staying at Seaside. Perhaps these people once visited this beautiful private beach without actually paying for the very thing that allows it to exist and are now upset that they are required to actually STAY at the place to enjoy its amenities. From what I can tell, it is in fact privately owned. And the beaches would be little more than marshland had it not been for the developers who made it as great as they did. As much as I hate “the man”, in this instance, the man is the reason anyone comes here. If you want raw, natural Florida, go down to Grayton beach. It’s great! But if you are doing a vacation and want to actually swim in the ocean, go east of there. My family of five and two grandmothers just hand a great vacation here. It’s not over-priced, and anyone who thinks otherwise has never had to pay to stay at a beach in NC, SC, GA, or AL. Well worth the trek for us and a fraction of the prices we are accustomed to. The house was great, beach amazing, and Seaside is as unique and fun as it was a decade ago when I was one of the many college kids swinging by to check it out. I’m not one to leave a review, but after reading so much negativity felt I needed to chime in. Cause I actually...stayed here.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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TimGGA wrote a review Mar 2021
9 contributions4 helpful votes
Seaside is a wonderful place.. until this march. Parents, WHERE ARE YOU? roaming groups of teens drinking. New social media apps allow them to congregate in violation of local rules. Then, when confronted by police they actually threaten the police??? 20 and 30 to one officer? THANK YOU for putting in the curfew. for those of you that don't like it stay away!!! Also, I respect that there are private homes and private boardwalks. The fact they have to be patrolled is evidence of the lack of respect by other renters.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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mainlinefl wrote a review Mar 2021
Florida1 contribution8 helpful votes
A once-accessible and remarkably beautiful place now discovered and claimed for their own by the greedy, wealthy, and arrogant from parts near and far (truly Seaside has now become known the world over). One has to wonder what Vincent Scully would think. He’s honored in a larger-than-life mural that towers across the street from this pavilion. Scully inspired two of his students at Yale, Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, to create the movement called “New Urbanism,” a principle on which Seaside was founded. Scully, Duany and Plater-Zyberk would later be the first three recipients of the Seaside Prize. The beautiful beaches of the Seaside community are increasingly cordoned off with private beach signs and security guards at the behest of elitist homeowners backed by state legislators some of whom are also elitist beach-front homeowners who think the beach to the waterline is theirs and would claim the sea too if they could get away with it. I’ve stopped at this pavilion entrance countless times over the years to run on the beach and to patronize the local shops and restaurants, including the open air market on weekends. Now it’s a closed gate with cabana-boys collecting an exorbitant fee for a wristband just to walk down to the beach in the vicinity of the Seaside town center. I'm quite sure this is not what those who conceived and built Seaside envisioned. Seaside has been an enduring investment in the future thanks to the new urbanism vision of the founders, reflected in it’s beautiful and functional community-oriented design but, sadly, gradually losing the spirit of that vision, captured here as a reminder: “We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.”
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Date of experience: March 2021
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GlobeTrotting537382 wrote a review Mar 2021
2 contributions4 helpful votes
There is a very restrictive culture in Seaside. Lots of rules to follow like mask mandates in all stores, curfews, beach access. Our family came to Florida to get away from restrictions, so we will be spending our time on 30A anywhere but the town of Seaside.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Gerry Jackie M wrote a review Feb 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We've been down to the 30A area several times but this was the first at Seaside/Watercolor. We loved it. Everything clean and in walking and biking distance. We will definately be back.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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