Florida coastal waters have been subject to substantial development over the last few decades. As a result, Florida coastal realty has become more popular, especially since tourism has grown in the region accordingly. Executive Director of the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, Richard Goldman said that they worked out more people were coming “during the recession.” Thus vis-à-vis Florida coastal realty, Goldman noted that there was a return to occupancy levels that existed before the recession.
Looking at Florida coastal realty from a broader perspective, it seems that the entire region has encountered growth. For example, St. Johns County witnessed an increase of 7.5% in occupancy from 2009 to 2013. What also might have escalated the Florida coast in recent times is the fact that this year – 2013 – is the 500th anniversary of when Juan Ponce de Leon “discovered” Florida. Such a milestone definitely adds to the value of Florida coastal realty.
Perhaps thus it is not surprising that Google has partnered with Florida to map out the state’s 825 miles of beaches through its Street View Trekker technology. For those looking to enjoy touring the state’s coast, the Trekker – a camera with 15 lenses that shoots 360 degree images every two-and-a-half seconds – would be a welcome addition. Currently there are two teams of individuals walking the whole length of the Florida coastline to get pictures. As Kevin McGeever, Visit Florida explained, “the entire Google view of Florida's beaches will be ready probably at the beginning of 2014.”
It is thus clear that with all the developments in the infrastructure as well as the latest technology Florida coastal realty is definitely experiencing an upswing.