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76-year-old Salt Air Inn gets new life in Atlantic Beach

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Corey Perrine
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Florida Times-Union
Co-owners Kyle Stucki, left, and Curt DeWitt are shown Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at the Salt Air Salt Air Inn & Suites in Atlantic Beach.

A couple of childhood friends from the Beaches are just about done renovating a 1946 motor-court motel on Atlantic Boulevard, aiming to appeal to nostalgia while providing modern amenities.

"Most people who walk on the property now say, 'Man, I feel like I'm in the Florida Keys. I feel like I'm on my vacation from when I was a child,'" said Curt DeWitt, co-owner of the Salt Air Inn & Suites. "I say, 'Yeah, that's kind of what we were going for.'"

He and Kyle Stucki, both 36, just spent three years renovating the 76-year-old Salt Air Motel, four blocks from the ocean. They expect to open its 15 rooms on March 1 and already have reservations from wedding parties, family reunions and church events.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.