Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nostalgia - Daytona Beach Pier


At the Beach. . .

Retro designed buildings can survive if their heritage is protected. This usually requires renovating to an original look. What the storms don't destroy, we should preserve. Daytona's Pier is a peek at yesteryear when entertainment for adults and children wasn't that far apart.


Daytona Beach Pier and Boardwalk, by DG Hudson


This coral-colored building includes a gift shop, a restaurant and a long boardwalk that allows walking beneath and extends about 1000 feet into the surf. These images were taken in the morning, before the heat wave. The original wooden pier was built before the 20th Century, burned down in 1920, was rebuilt with a casino and reopened in 1925. The building at that time would have been of Victorian style. Several years ago, the entire pier was in need of an facelift, and the result has injected new life into this local favorite and a nostalgic memory for some past visitors. I was pleased to see the pier still standing when we visited on a family trip. As teens, we called it the 'Boardwalk'.



Daytona Beach Pier, Florida by DG Hudson


When the pier reopened in 2012, the anchoring restaurant Joe's Crab Shack was back. A busy place when we were there, with the enticing smell of fresh crab and other delicacies drawing those undecided 'looky-loos' inside for a taste.

The pier has suffered from the constant pounding of the Atlantic Ocean surf, fire and hurricanes, but it has endured since it was built in 1925. Some of the pilings of the pier were removed during the beach racing years, so cars could pass under the pier as part of the course. This was a photo opportunity spot for famous race car drivers who came to Daytona Beach to test their mettle. When they returned home, these drivers shared these photos worldwide, giving Daytona Beach an early international reputation.

This is a follow-up post to The Tide that Tugs-East Coast Florida.



Daytona Beach Pier and Boardwalk, by DG Hudson 


Do you have a memory of an interesting boardwalk or pier at the beach? What city or place? OR
What do you think is the most famous beach in North America? Or your favorite?

Please share in the comments, I'm listening. Hope your summer is living up to your expectations.  Thanks for stopping by.

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daytona_Beach,_Florida Wiki

http://goflorida.about.com/od/daytonabeach/a/daytona_boardwalk_pier.htm Pier Info

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12 comments:

  1. The colour reminds me of, and makes me crave, orange sherbet! A fave & refreshing summer treat!

    The only boardwalk I know & grew up with is the one in Sandwich that crosses the salt marshes to Town Neck Beach. At high tide people jump off the top of the bridge into the creek below. My fave beach is Spring Hill in E. Sandwich but the west coast beaches are so much more dramatic.

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    1. One day I want to see those beaches around where you live JoJo. I've always liked that area and at one time planned to move there.

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  2. I love walking out on piers like that. I'm completely awed by the ocean. And I think it was in San Clemente, CA where we were able to walk quite a ways out on one of those piers and watch the kayakers and paddle boarders go by.

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    1. Is San Clemente located near the Hearst Castle? I visited there a while ago, but not the pier, darn it.

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  3. It looks so historic! That's one I'd like to walk down.

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    1. It's nostalgic for me. This is a great example of history protected. Hubs talked to local fishermen, we explored inside the little shop. A pleasant few hours. There is a certain aura tied to east coast seashores.

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  4. That's impressively large. Joe's Crab Shack is one of my family's favorite restaurants. The portions are huge and hugely deep fried. Their desserts are heavenly...Anyway, didn't mean to go into all that. I have fond memories of the Santa Monica and Santa Cruz Boardwalks. Now I live hours from the beach and miss it all.

    xoRobyn

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    1. I hope these nice boardwalks continue, they remind me of where I always thought I'd enjoy writing (near the water). Thanks for visiting Rawknrobyn!

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  5. I always wanted to go to the boardwalk in Ellicott City, MD, but never got the chance. I haven't been on a boardwalk, so that's my sole boardwalk memory. I hope they continue to be preserved and kept up for many more generations.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. So do I, Shannon. We must preserve some of our history, or our descendants won't believe us.

      Not too many boardwalks in Colorado, I guess. But look what else you have there - mountains and western beauty! I love the mountain scenery.

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  6. Oh yeah, the Daytona 500. Daytona Beach always makes me think of spring break, 1987, the only time I was there - and back then I was unfortunately much ore interested in looking at the boys than this very cool building. Good to know it's still there for me to appreciate on a future visit.

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    1. I understand, Nicki. There's a website, so it should still be there.

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