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What's changed? Been 2xs a year for decade, but skipped 2017

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What's changed? Been 2xs a year for decade, but skipped 2017

Booked today for fall and can't stop the happy dance.

Can anyone update us on major changes since Fall 2016, our last trip?

Saw post on Bortell's Facebook that it closed in April for major overhaul...did it reopen? Have read about more development on way to island...and bridge construction. What else?

Whatever it is -- good, bad or other -- I guess it really doesn't matter. The sand, the sunset, the pool and my love...what else does anyone need? Thrilled just knowing a return on horizon: )

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1. Re: What's changed? Been 2xs a year for decade, but skipped 2017

The biggest change is that Hurricane Irma damaged the City Pier last fall and it is closed for repair/pier replacement until late 2019. We missed it for sure this year. The Freckled Fin moved from Bridge Street to Holmes Beach - in the former Lobstah's building. And the West Coast Surf Shop had a severe fire a few months ago and is closed while undergoing repairs.

Overall, it's the same AMI we have come to love since our first visit in 2015. I'm sure the regulars will post more. I am relatively new to AMI so these are just the most notable changes for me.

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2. Re: What's changed? Been 2xs a year for decade, but skipped 2017

Oooh! Those are some biggies! Happy for Freckled Fin (never fan of Lobstah's, though still delight in saying it). Husband will miss City Pier, though huge love for Rod and Reel. Thanks!

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3. Re: What's changed? Been 2xs a year for decade, but skipped 2017

The prices for rentals have increased. There is a good new Italian restaurant called Isola Bella and it is delicious. The Waterline Resort is up and running.

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4. Re: What's changed? Been 2xs a year for decade, but skipped 2017

Oh my, regarding Waterline. I'm sooo glad we'll be off season.

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