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Beach Bowl Returning To Jacksonville Beach With $7.5M Renovation, Expansion

Rendering of the Beach Bowl renovation and expansion project.
Provided by Jacksonville Beach City Councilman Dan Janson
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Rendering of the Beach Bowl renovation and expansion project.

A popular Jacksonville Beach bowling alley will be reopening. 

The Board of Adjustments for Jacksonville Beach has approved a $7.5 million renovation and expansion of the iconic Beach Bowl, which had been around since 1958.

The Beach Boulevard bowling alley closed abruptly 2-years ago when the property owners didn’t renew the lease. 

The original Beach Bowl sign will be restored and improved.  This time around, it will also include a restaurant with rooftop dining.

Jacksonville Beach City Councilman Dan Janson said that Beach Bowl developer Ash Properties has promised a re-engineered parking lot and green space. A timeline for the project wasn't immediately available.

Rendering of the Beach Bowl renovation and expansion project.
Credit Provided by Jacksonville Beach City Councilman Dan Janson
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Rendering of the Beach Bowl renovation and expansion project.

Janson told WJCT News Thursday that after a few stagnant years, Jacksonville Beach is undergoing a rebirth.

“About the same time we had the old Campeche Bay and Urban Flats taken down and we’re starting the rebuild in our town center … and with the news of the Beach Bowl, I think everybody’s really, really excited about the direction of Jacksonville Beach.”

The Jacksonville Beach Town Center two-story mixed-use project that Janson referenced is being developed on First Ave. N.  Demolition is underway at the site, which is across from Latham Plaza.

The $50 million Margaritaville Hotel also opened in Jacksonville Beach last week.

Michelle Corum can be reached at mcorum@wjct.org, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.