Saturday, January 26, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Winter? Can You Spell That For Me?

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Winter? Can You Spell That For Me?
I thought I was having a good time, enjoying the beach this past Monday, when I saw these folks. Now THEY are really enjoying the beach. Stretched out in the sand without a care in the world. The sand... the warm, powdery soft, velvety smooth sand. You can see where her foot disappears into the sand, it's like butter. You know if feels good, you just know.

I snapped this serene pair from Pier 60 as I wandered about, soaking up the sun, and watching people enjoy sunny winter weather that is just not like winter at all. At least, if you are not from around here. To locals, when the temps starting getting down into the upper 60's and low 70's, F, they consider that is winter enough. Having lived up north for some part of my life, I know that is really not cold. I have friends who get downright CRABBY if the temps don't get over 70F during the day. True Floridians. :)
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Friday, January 25, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Adrenaline Rush!

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Adrenaline Rush Speedboat Powerboat Sightseeing Tour
Wow! Can you say FAST? This boat looks like a speeding ticket even just at idle. I bet it feels great to go screaming across the water in this baby. Unless, of course, you are paying the fuel bill.

But if you are on vacation on Clearwater Beach, you just have to buy the tickets, and you are ready to go. They don't even ask you to paddle! At least, I don't think so. :)
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Municipal Marina: Pelicans Await The Fishing Boats

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Municipal Marina: Pelicans Await The Fishing Boats
These are no dumb pelicans, let me tell you... I think they probably know the Deep Sea Fishing Boat schedules better than ANYONE! When those big boats come gliding back into their slips, laden with yummy fish to make a pelican drool, these guys are right there.

I watched as they lined up in the water just next to the fish cleaning station. And there they floated, biding their time, waiting for the deck hands to clean the fish. I can't be sure, but it seemed like one of them was drooling 'out loud'. See the one on the right.. yeah, him... No problem, I still think they are cool birds!
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction - Flipperz Beach Shop

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction - Flipperz Beach Shop
As I mentioned yesterday, Clearwater Beach is undergoing a rather extensive renovation, with the Beach Walk project underway, and countless hotels and condominiums being built or rebuilt. The sad 'flip' side of all that is the numerous businesses on the beach that struggle to survive amid the construction upheaval. One such business is Flipperz Beach Shop. It's a neat store with two floors of cool beach wear, or resort wear if you prefer. Flipperz is located at 437 S. Gulfview Blvd. Check it out.

I spoke with the manager for a while today, and we commiserated about what a huge impact the construction is having on his and other shops around him. Most won't survive to see the construction ended, he told me. And some hotel projects are not being started as planned due to the downturn in the economy.

So let me just say this... if you are of like mind, consider going the extra step to spend some of your tourism dollars down the way there, at the shops that are having such a hard time due to the road work. I don't have a financial interest in this, but I hate to see these small businesses fall victim to improvements that are supposed to make things better for us all. Thanks for listening.
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Spyglass Hotel, Construction Cranes

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Spyglass Hotel, Construction Cranes
This is the Spyglass Motel on Clearwater Beach. Rumor has it, it is scheduled to be demolished. Some would say that is a good thing. Some say the place is just not what it used to be anymore. That may be the case. But in my mind, it has always been somewhat of a landmark, with it's Hot Air Balloon mural, and the man leaning out of it, with a spyglass!

If you consider the size of the building, and of the nearby cranes, you can tell that it's a big, BIG mural. Pretty cool. I'm glad I got this picture of it. I will be down on the beach again soon, and I am not sure it will still be there!

You may ask, where are all the other tall hotels that used to stand nearby? Well, quite a few hotels down on the beach have already been demolished. There is a major renovation going on, covering the whole South Beach area, almost. Many hotels are being replace or renovated. The centerpiece of it all is the City of Clearwater project called Beach Walk. Overall, they are calling this 'renaissance' the Billion Dollar Beach. To read more about the Billion Dollar Beach, click here. If you would like to read more about Beach Walk, click here.
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Access Park North End

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Access Park North End
When you first come off the Clearwater Memorial Causeway onto Clearwater Beach, you have a choice to turn right (north), or left (south). In my way of thinking, the first few blocks in either direction make up the 'middle beach' area. Beyond are the areas I call North Beach and South Beach.

The South Beach area is where you find lots and lots of hotels and condos. The Mid Beach area is more shops and the Pier 60 area and park, and the Marina. The North Beach area has some small amount of shops and smaller hotels, and then becomes all private residential.

If you look closely enough in the North Beach neighborhoods, you can actually find a way to get to the beach. But not with your car. The only beach access available in these exclusive neighborhoods consists of a small patch of pavement with a bike rack, a trash can, and a sign of the rules. Oh, and a nice little boardwalk out to the beautiful, white, powdery sand.
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