Destination Daytona: Hard Rock sandwiched between World's Most Famous Beach and Great American Race

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Hard Rock Cafe coming to Daytona / Headline SurferThis 10-acre  vacant beachfront property at 801 S. Atlantic is on the fast track for a $100 million Hard Rock hotel and cafe expected to open just in time for the 2016 running of the Daytona 500.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Like a gourmet meal, a Hard Rock hotel/cafe complex is going to be sandwiched between the World's Most Famous Beach and the super speedway with the high banks where they run the Great American Race.

The news certainly traveled fast Thursday with everyone from politicians to tourism officials and even a race car driver.

"They are building a @HARDROCK in Daytona Beach," NASCAR Sprint Cup star Denny Hamlin tweeted.

Denny Hamlin at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferNASCAR  Sprint Cup Driver denny Hamlin in Daytona / Headline Surfer"They are building a @HARDROCK in Daytona Beach," NASCAR Sprint Cup star Denny Hamlin tweeted.

It even created a burst of energy in what was an otherwise double shift at the County Council in DeLand with Chair Jason Davis of Edgewater and Daytona-area council member Joshua Wagner all, but high-fiving on the dais.

While the $100 million complex is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 running of the Daytona 500, it was an investment in the property four years ago by a Toronto investment firm,Bayshore Capital Inc, that led to the marriage with Hard Rock.

It certainly was welcome news to business executives like Jim Cameron, vice president of government relations for the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, who sees this fueling year-round jobs in this special-events driven city where stock car racing, Bike Week and surfing the curling waves of the Atlantic are the big draws.

"This is going to be good not only for construction jobs, but also long-term jobs for those in the hotel industry," Cameron said.

But first, actual site plans have to be formalized by municipal officials with ongoing discussion expected to result in a re-zoned "planned unit development" that provides for a more flexible design of the complex, with Daytona and Volusia County providing upwards of $3 million in CRA funds.

It's this kind of development that County Chair Davis and others want to see more of.

"Real bricks and mortar," Davis said, "Not rum festivals."

Hard Rock to be built, 801 S. Atlantic, Daytona Beach / Headline Surfer
Fast Facts: Hard Rock Cafe
Type: Private Industry Casual dining restaurants, casinos, hotels
Founded: London, England, June 14, 1971
Headquarters: Orlando
Headline Surfer snapshot graphic / The Hard Rock hotel/cafe complex is to be built at 801 S. Atlantic Ave. as shown in this locator map.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.