Beachbound, since last year, there's a LOT more construction going on. My hubby and I rode our bikes all the way down south and up north, and kept running into dump trucks, tractors and construction vehicles. There is a huge construction project going on right near the hand ferry near the cut (on the north side), and just a lot of stuff in general. I'm not clear whether it's hotels, private homes, or what. I get the feeling that real estate is really sizzling HOT right now. I don't know if there's a connection, but there was more traffic in town and SP seemed more noisy and bustling than last year,too.