Daytona Beach's historic Bandshell will get a $1 million facelift


Daytona Beach's historic oceanfront Bandshell, once the site of MTV Spring Break, is finally getting a well deserved makeover.

City commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to demolish the interior of the 80-year-old sandcastle-like structure, which will be rebuilt with a $1 million budget, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal.

The building, which has hosted open air concerts, political rallies, cheerleading competitions and more since 1937, has not been renovated in more than 50 years. Since 1999 the Bandshell has been on the U.S. National Register of Historic.

City officials made the decision because the venue's electrical, plumbing, heating, air-conditioning equipment and other structures are not up to par with city codes, or Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The renovated interior will feature energy efficient technology, additional architectural elements, and new paint and flooring. Electrical, heating, ventilation and plumbing fixtures will be updated as well.

The original budget, which was not specifically stated, ended up being more than city officials expected due to a requirement to use materials like stainless steel to enhance exterior equipment protection against corrosion.

The repair costs also had to be increased when the deterioration of the building was greater than initially thought, creating a need extended 10-year warranty against rusting and damage.

With the updated interior decor and structural elements up code, maybe MTV will bring the filming shenanigans back to Daytona Beach?

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