Saturday, December 15, 2007

Clearwater Beach Florida: Clearwater Beach Recreation Center

Clearwater Beach Florida: Clearwater Beach Recreation Center
I thought this was the neatest scene... after I saw what I see now. At first, it was just an ordinary photograph of the basketball courts at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center. But then I saw the basketball players that I hadn't noticed at first.

Actually it was not the players I saw, so much as their HUGE hands on very loooooong arms, shooting toward the hoop. Wow, pretty cool if you ask me. So, when you come to Clearwater Beach, whether it be a relaxing Florida vacation, or a relocation scouting trip, stop by and see if these basketball players are here... usually in the afternoons I think!

What's Happening:
DEC. 15: Bright House Holiday parade
Location: Cleveland Street, Crest Lake Park to Myrtle Avenue
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation, 562-4800

DEC. 15: Holiday Family Fun Festival
Location: Cleveland Street, Myrtle Avenue to Osceola Avenue
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation 562-4800

DEC. 30: Outback Bowl Beach Day
Location: The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave.
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: For more information, call 727-461-3222 ext 109 or visit OutbackBowl.com. The Hilton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB, 95.7 The Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio sponsor this fun day which includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.

OH! AND CHECK THIS OUT IN 2008:
JAN. 2-6: CATS! The original broadway show comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Address: 1111 Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. RuthEckerdHall.com

FEB. 7-18: The Florida State Fair, Tampa Fairgrounds. You can get more information on the Fairgrounds website, or on the State Fair MySpace page. Yeah, the State Fair has a MySpace page, is that weird or what? :D

Friday, December 14, 2007

Clearwater Beach Florida: The Sunrise Resort North

Clearwater Beach Florida: The Sunrise Resort North
I spotted this pretty little place while exploring more of Clearwater Beach last weekend. I really don't know much about it, but it looks really nice, and I like their location. They are right across the street from a part of Clearwater Beach that I really like.

They have a website with plenty of information about the facility; click here. From this location, you are only a few minutes from Outback Steakhouse, Frenchy's, The Beachcomber, Pier 60, the Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina, and lots more!

If you would like to see more of this area, check out my other Daily Photo Blogs: Clearwater Daily Photo and Dunedin Daily Photo. Thanks for coming, and please bookmark me now... show me the love of being one of your favorites! :D

Scroll down to the bottom of yesterday's post for What's Happening.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Clearwater Beach: Florida Living At Its Finest: Like A Resort Vacation

Clearwater Beach: Florida Living At Its Finest: Like A Resort Vacation
I was heading onto the sand at Clearwater Beach last Friday when I noticed this beautiful scene of color. Set against the backdrop of white powdery sand and not-a-care-in-the-world blue sky, these beach cabanas shouted RESORT and VACATION and I AM DRIFTING IN A SEA OF RELAXATION. It made me want to go get some sort of tropical fruity umbrella drink and some resort clothes and chuck all my plans for the day.

Alas, I would not have gotten so many wonderful photos that day, had I succumbed to temptation. But fear not, you will get to see the many wonderful pictures of Clearwater Beach, and the Clearwater Municipal Marina, and much more, in the days and weeks ahead. And I will continue to take my 'time in the sun' here and there as it fits in my schedule.

So bookmark this page, and check back tomorrow for another great new picture of Clearwater Beach, Florida, and start making those travel plans!

What's Happening:
DEC. 13: 12 Noon at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Artist's perspective: December's featured artist in the Coffee and Conversation series will be mosaic artist Danielle Slaugenhoupt. 1143 Michigan Blvd. Admission and coffee are free. Call (727) 298-2233 or visit www.dfac.org.

DEC. 13: Holiday recipes: Join Publix Apron's Cooking School Chef Bil Mitchell as he demonstrates recipes for holiday entertaining from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Free. Call (727) 4970 ext. 5284.

DEC. 14: Holiday jazz: Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Winter Wonderland at Drew and Fort Harrison, Clearwater. Free admission, but donations of nonperishable food or an unwrapped toy will be accepted for charity. Open through Dec. 21. Hours are 6-9 p.m. weeknights and 1-9 p.m. weekends. Call (727) 442-2099.

DEC. 15: Bright House Holiday parade
Location: Cleveland Street, Crest Lake Park to Myrtle Avenue
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation, 562-4800

DEC. 15: Holiday Family Fun Festival
Location: Cleveland Street, Myrtle Avenue to Osceola Avenue
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation 562-4800

DEC. 30: Outback Bowl Beach Day
The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave. 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: For more information, call 727-461-3222 ext 109 or visit www.outbackbowl.com. The Hilton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB, 95.7 The Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio sponsor this fun day which includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.

OH! AND CHECK THIS OUT IN 2008:
JAN. 2-6: CATS! The original broadway show comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Address: 1111 Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. www.RuthEckerdHall.com

FEB. 7-18: The Florida State Fair, Tampa Fairgrounds. You can get more information on the Fairgrounds website, or on the State Fair MySpace page. Yeah, the State Fair has a MySpace page, is that weird or what? :D

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Clearwater Beach Florida: Just A Little Construction

Clearwater Beach Florida: Just A Little Construction
What a surprise to see this 'car' drive by while I was standing at a light on Clearwater Beach recently. I had been snapping some cool shots of The Sandpearl and Belle Harbor when I noticed her stopped at the light. I smiled to myself, and then remembered the camera in my hands. I heard her cut loose with a happy hoot as she drove by. What fun I thought!

What about the Sandpearl and Belle Harbor photos? They came out great! And they will be posted in the near future. So make sure you bookmark this page.

To see What's Happening, please scroll down to yesterday's post. Thanks.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Clearwater Beach Florida: Target Zone: Pier 60

Clearwater Beach Florida: Target Zone: Pier 60
Okay, so I have been talking about Pier 60 now and then, and all about our beautiful Clearwater Beach, here in Florida. Is that like describing a wonderful treasure to you, without telling you were to find it, or giving you a map? Well, consider this the "X" on your treasure map! X marks the spot! (And if you're a Lat & Long kind of person, 27°58'37.93" N, 82°49'43.64" W marks the spot)

If you are a planning a Florida vacation from another state, or country, or even just another town, you can put a big X on your map where Pier 60 is. And if you are planning a relocation to the area (Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Pinellas County), then this is your target for as soon as you get your bed setup and the moving van is out of the driveway. After all, this is part of why you are here, isn't it?

What's Happening:
DEC. 12: Celebration of Hanukkah traditions and music will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m., at Regency Oaks, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater. Join Joy Katzen-Guthrie as she interweaves her soulful performances with captivating history and storytelling in a one-of-a-kind uplifting musical experience. R.S.V.P. by calling 727-252-0540.

DEC. 15: Bright House Holiday Parade (aka Christmas Parade)
Location: Cleveland Street, Crest Lake Park to Myrtle Avenue
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation, 562-4800

DEC. 15: Holiday Family Fun Festival (aka Christmas Festival)
Location: Cleveland Street, Myrtle Avenue to Osceola Avenue
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation 562-4800

DEC. 30: Outback Bowl Beach Day
Location: The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave.
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: For more information, call 727-461-3222 ext 109 or visit www.outbackbowl.com. The Hilton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB, 95.7 The Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio sponsor this fun day which includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Clearwater Beach Florida: Clearwater Municipal Marina: Intrinsic from Jackson, WI

Clearwater Beach Florida: Clearwater Marina: Intrinsic from Jackson, WI
This beauty is the Instrinsic, from Jackson, WI. I could not find anyone to ask for more information about her. Suffice it to say, it is a beautiful yacht, in repose at the Clearwater Municipal Marina, on Clearwater Beach. I was amazed to think of a Wisconsin yacht being all the way down here in sunny Clearwater Beach, Florida. But then I thought... if I owned the Intrinsic, I would like to think that when things got cold in Wisconsin, I could remove myself to Florida for a much warmer winter!

I hope you like this view. She's a beauty!

What's Happening:
DEC. 12: Celebration of Hanukkah traditions and music will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m., at Regency Oaks, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater Join Joy Katzen-Guthrie as she interweaves her soulful performances with captivating history and storytelling in a one-of-a-kind uplifting musical experience. R.S.V.P. by calling 727-252-0540.

DEC. 15: Bright House Holiday Parade (aka Christmas Parade)
Location: Cleveland Street, Crest Lake Park to Myrtle Avenue
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation, 562-4800

DEC. 15: Holiday Family Fun Festival (aka Christmas Festival)
Location: Cleveland Street, Myrtle Avenue to Osceola Avenue
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation 562-4800

DEC. 30: Outback Bowl Beach Day
Location: The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave.
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: For more information, call 727-461-3222 ext 109 or visit www.outbackbowl.com. The Hilton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB, 95.7 The Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio sponsor this fun day which includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Clearwater Beach Florida: Pier 60: Sunshine and Good Times!

Clearwater Beach Florida: Pier 60: Father and Son watching dolphins
Taking a walk on Pier 60 this past Friday, I noticed these two having a wonderful day on the pier. While I was there, we saw dolphins, a stingray, various fish (including sheepshead), pelicans, seagulls, grackles, and pigeons. The temperature was about 82F, with a light breeze. It was an amazing day when you consider it was December 7th!

But that is what Clearwater Beach is all about. If you are a local, you know this, and it might be WHY you are a local. If you are planning a vacation to Florida, or even considering relocating to Florida, this is why so many of us live in this area. It is so beautiful.
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