PensacolaKid wrote:As I was mentioning to a friend the other day and this is just one man's opinion who has been going to Navarre since 1970, I have very fond memories of that Holiday Inn. I loved the things to do inside, I loved the smell, I loved the fish tank, I loved the Seafood buffet, the pools, the oyster bar...even playing ping pong with the smell of chlorine in the air. That is about the ONLY building I hope they put up on that property and if they don't, so be it. Does there really need to be a hotel on the island? Really?
Yea, I wonder why the "Holidome" concept fell out of favor? Especially, when had kids/family, would search them out.
The large multiuse open "dome" was family friendly - the kids could swim, ping-pong, mini-golf, shuffleboard - while the adults could keep an eye on the kids, while maybe partaking in an adult beverage!
Also, was handy when outdoor weather was not favorable. When we lived in South Dakota, the one in Spearfish was a great place to have a "winter break". The benefits of Navarre Beach's go without saying - when had kids if was rainy out, or surf too high - still a fun time for all.
But even w/o a "Holidome" - yea, do need a full service "family" hotel on beach. (not a high-end, too expensive, one only for the "wealthy".)