Check-in time: Crews are busy converting a seawall hotel into a DoubleTree by Hilton property, with plans to have 40 of the 97 rooms complete by Lone Star Rally weekend, which is Nov. 6-9 and draws many thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the island. Work will begin on the remaining 57 rooms, lobby, poolside restaurant and other public spaces the day after the rally ends.

The project is expected to be complete by early 2015, owner Dennis Byrd said. Byrd last year acquired the property, then a Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, from developer Mark Wyant, who opened the hotel in 2005. Byrd in May renovated, renamed and replaced the hotel’s Captain Jack’s bar with the opening of Longboard, a swim-up bar serving mojitos, fruit-infused drinks and other cocktails. Longboard marked Bryd’s sixth seawall concept. His other five concepts — restaurant The Spot, Tiki Bar, Squeeze Ritas & Tequilas, RumShack and SideYard — all are in one complex at 3204 Seawall Blvd.

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Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to


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