Sand Key County Park is a Hidden Gem

Named after the island it sits upon, award-winning Sand Key County Park occupies 95-acres on the northern tip. After walking across boardwalks, beach lovers will find an expansive beach stretching from Clearwater Pass down to the Sheraton Sand Key. Life guard stations monitor designated swimming areas during busier times of the year, usually spring to…

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Artificial Reefs for Fishermen & Divers

While many recognize Pinellas County for its award-winning beaches, just off the shore is something just as impressive – 42 artificial reef sites stretching from St. Pete Beach to Tarpon Springs. Of those, 13 are inshore including one in Tampa Bay, only 200 yards away from the former St. Pete Pier*. The remaining 29 are offshore.…

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Frontier Airline Heads to Tampa This Fall

Beginning on October 5th, Frontier Airlines will begin serving the Tampa Bay area with new flights into Tampa International Airport (TIA). Kicking off the new routes will be travelers flying from Islip, N.Y. and Minneapolis, Minn., with daily service. Colorado Springs, Co. and St. Louis, Mo. passengers will begin arriving on October 6th with service four…

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Bye Bye Irma

From St. Pete Beach’s Pass-a-Grille northward to Clearwater Beach and beyond to Tarpon Springs, Hurricane Irma proved to be nothing more than a wind and rain event with blowing sand. The biggest challenge proved to be lack of electricity. For instance on Clearwater Beach, some had power throughout and only lost power afterwards. The south…

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How Many Different Ways Can You Prepare Grouper?

We took this question to Clearwater Beach area restaurants and this is what we discovered. Many of them offer a blackened grouper option. Each has their own secret herbs and spices that none seemed ready to reveal.  Many also offer a jerk version that has nothing to do with repetitive motion or a relative no…

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Vroom Vroom – We’re Talking Power Boats

The final weekend of September and the start of October bring offshore racing fans to downtown Clearwater for pre-race activities and then out to Clearwater Beach for the big event, the 9th Annual Super Boat National/Florida Championship. From 12:00 noon on Friday to 10:00 p.m., downtown Coachman Park on the waterfront is transformed into Race…

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Jazz Holiday and Stone Crabs Converge in 2017

Most years, the opening of stone crab season precedes the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. This year is unusual as both events will occur at the same time – the third weekend in October. Both are long-standing traditions. While the jazz festival is no longer free and serves up a line-up of entertainment beyond it’s namesake style,…

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Honeymoon Island – A Natural State

If you’re looking to take a hike and explore natural Florida, Honeymoon Island Recreation Area at the west end of Dunedin Causeway may be the answer. Wildlife sightings do come with the territory. Just ask a friend of mine who recently took a walk along the 2.5-mile Osprey Trail. He was hoping to see some…

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Day-Tripping to Tarpon Springs

Just 40 minutes north of Clearwater Beach visitors can discover rich Greek culture and history. At the turn of the last century, Tarpon Springs was considered the largest sponge port in the U.S. Greek immigrants and divers followed and the industry and the community grew. The 1908 Sponge Exchange was the place where sponges were…

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An Island Escape – Caladesi Island

A state park, Caladesi Island is situated just south of the island of Honeymoon Island Recreation Area. Accessible only by ferry boat* from the marina at Honeymoon Island on the west end of Dunedin Causeway, it’s a wonderful way to spend the day with the kids. The island has a nature trail, two bathhouses and a…

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