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NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- The city of Neptune Beach is hoping new business will bring in big profits after several years of a stalled economy.

"I had some of the businesses over the last three years tell me that if it wasn't for Thanksgiving Day and having everybody come stand in the street, have a drink and talk to their friends the several hundred, thousand people that come down here that some people couldn't make the rent," said Neptune Beach Mayor Harriet Purette.

City Officials tell First Coast News the old Neptune Beach location for Sun Dog Brewing Company for more than 20 years is turning into an upscale Mexican restaurant, run by Al of Al's Pizza.

But the changes don't stop there: The former Caribee Key has changed hands and is now North Beach Fish Camp.

"Our building official has told me this week that everyday he's bombarded with contractors calling him or coming in talking to him about development down here," said Purette.

The condemned building on the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Second Street is under construction and will be a new mixed-use building.

There's no word yet on what restaurant or how many shops the new mixed-use building will bring.

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