CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (July 9th, 2014) The 2-story, family-owned Clearwater Beach icon is all grown up now. Shephard’s Beach Resort has been transformed into a dazzling 6-story hotel and entertainment complex. With an 18-month expansion now complete, owners have planned a grand re-opening to unveil the long awaited, spectacular new resort. They will be hosting 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, August 1 from 6-10 p.m. The second celebration will be a huge public party on Saturday, August 2 from noon till 11:00 p.m.
The expansion of Shephard’s Beach Resort 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 stylish 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,” states Gerri Shephard, daughter of the late “Bill” Shephard and Director of Operations at the resort. William “Bill” M. Shephard, Sr. sadly lost his battle to cancer in December of last year before being able to witness the great evolution that has transpired at the resort he founded nearly 40 years ago. “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.” Proceeds from the August 1 private event silent auction and admission charges collected from the entertainment venues that night will be donated to Suncoast Hospice Foundation.
Guests who attend the grand re-opening parties will ‘experience the evolution’ that has become Shephard’s Beach Resort today. The V.I.P. private party will be filled with local celebrities and long-time friends of the resort. Guests will enjoy the interactive dining at Ocean Flame. One of the crowning jewels of the expansion, the Ocean Flame is the remodel of the resort’s 10,000 square foot restaurant and kitchen.
“The Ocean Flame is nothing like this area has ever seen. It’s more like a place you would see in New York or Las Vegas,” comments William Shephard, Jr., Director of Operations. “It’s a very contemporary buffet style with an open, interactive kitchen. So, chefs are preparing dishes fresh right before your eyes.”
“Guests who haven’t been to Shephard’s for some time will never recognize it,” adds William Shephard, Jr. “The changes to this resort are nothing short of amazing.”
Shephard’s Beach Resort, a legend on Clearwater Beach, has been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike for 37 years since originally founded by William Shephard, Sr. Still family owned and operated, Shephard’s Beach Resort features, 140 rooms, an 11,000 square foot Tiki Bar area with concert stage, Ocean Flame Interactive Dining, SALT Tequila Bar & Tap Room, The Wave Nightclub, Tiki Beach Grill, 7,000 square foot pool deck with the stylish outdoor SOAK Pool Bar, two parking garages, and live entertainment everyday of the year.
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