Back in 1983 I was on a family vacation in Florida, and my parents were visiting some friends who lived in Clearwater, FL. One sunny afternoon our Clearwater friends took us to the Boatyard Shopping Village. Here's a postcard I just found while looking through some old junk.
Look, here's another Boatyard Shopping Village postcard I found online.
The Boatyard Shopping Village was a full of specialty shops and a few restaurants themed to look like an old timey fishing village. It sorta reminded me of Sweethaven from that live action Popeye movie. Well that is a less detailed Sweethaven, and one made out of rusting sheet metal.
Hey those Popeye sets are still standing! Imagine that!
Anywho, here's the back of the post card where you can read the official description for the Boatyard Shopping Village.
So now here's the mystery - what the heck happened to the Boatyard Shopping Village? As you can see from the Google satellite image below, it appears that all traces of the Boatyard Shopping Village have been thoroughly removed.
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Also except for the postcards I've found, I can't find any other evidence that this place ever existed. I thought the place was reasonably cool when I visited as a kid. Didn't anyone else? I thought for sure I'd find someone reminiscing about the Boatyard Shopping Village on some obscure message board.
This place is more mysterious than Brigadoon.
UPDATE: Be sure to read the comments if you'd like more info on what happened to the Boatyard Shopping Village. A big thank you to all the people who have left great comments so far!