Red Tide Update

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“The latest information is that conditions remain unchanged from last week: there has been zero net movement of the bloom, which is still sitting 5-15 miles offshore of northern Pinellas County. Also, no new fish kills or respiratory issues have been reported within the past week. As such, a timetable for any possible local effects of the Red Tide is unknown due to this lack of movement and unpredictable wind/water currents.

Friday’s updated FWC Red Tide report

St. Pete Clearwater Industry Update regarding Red Tide Bloom.

According to updated FWC forecasting models, there is still no strong movement of the bloom toward the coast over the next couple days. However, at this time, given the number of variables (most notably wind and water currents), it is difficult to determine when, where—or even if—landfall would happen.


Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Festival

Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Festival

From Sep 27, 2013 to Sep 29, 2013

Every September spectators turn to the water to witness the Bright House – Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Festival. The boats, equipped with F-16 jet canopies and 6,000-horsepower engines, race at speeds of up to 180 mph in the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater Beach. Races start from Pier 60, so the shoreline and beachfront hotels make great vantage points. This three day event is packed with activity beyond racing. Don’t miss the accompanying festivals and Baystar race village in nearby Coachman Park, where you can take photos with the boats and teams, enjoy a block party, seafood festival and listen to live entertainment.


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Local hotels win White Glove Awards

Local hotels win White Glove Awards

The Pinellas County chapter of the Superior Small Lodging Association recently announced that 33 local boutique hotels have received the statewide organization’s prestigious Donal A. Dermody White Glove Award for housekeeping excellence.

While there are more than 400 hotels, motels, B&Bs, travel lodges, inns, beach houses, resorts and other hospitality destinations in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, only 33 local boutique

hotels – or 92 percent of all local SSL members – have earned this year’s highly coveted White Glove Award.

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‘Where Summer Rocks’ Serves Up Week-Long Celebration of Area’s Top Breweries

St. Pete/Clearwater Showcases Locally-Brewed Beer
‘Where Summer Rocks’ Serves Up Week-Long Celebration of Area’s Top Breweries
St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (June 20, 2013) – Summer is rocking and some of Florida’s best beer will be flowing during Craft Beer Week in St. Pete/Clearwater as 10 brewpubs from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg showcase why the area is becoming a mecca for brewing aficionados.

With craft beer’s place in tourism growing with beer trails around the country, St. Pete/Clearwater is tapping into one of the hottest travel trends.
From Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s older brewery, to Rapp Brewing Company, which just earned best new brewer in Florida, here is a quick tour of some of the best breweries in the state.

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Record number of visitors

Florida Welcomed an All-time Record 26 Million Visitors in Q1 2013

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Upcoming area events

Saturday, May 4                     Boat Docks Grand Opening, Keegan Clair Park, 11AM – 4PM
Saturday,May 18                    Blue Grass Festival, Kolb Park, 3PM – 8

Sugar Sand Festival

April 19, 2013 – April 28, 2013

Clearwater Beach

“Celebrating Clearwater’s award winning white sugar sand with an impressive artistic sand sculpture display, Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival is a ten-day festival that celebrates all the reasons Clearwater Beach was recently named “Best Beach Town in Florida”.”

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Need Sun? Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Has You Covered

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“Clearwater Beach does it again — recently named Florida’s Best Beach by USA Today ! Famous for its warm shores and powder-white sands, you’ll also enjoy nightly sunset celebrations at Pier 60, up-beat nightlife and your pick of top-rated restaurants serving the area’s classic catch. Clearwater Beach was also honored as “Best For Family Fun” for its many beachside activities and sparkling water in 2011 by Fodors. St. Pete/Clearwater area beaches have earned top accolades throughout the years. Come check out why.”

Yelp’s Amuseumed

Yelp’s Amuseumed

With beaches and sports galore, it may be hard for some to take notice of the local fever for art, history, and education in Tampa Bay. This Weekly Yelp weaves readers in-and-out of the Bay Area’s top museums, where much of our proud history resides. Strap in and make sure your thinking caps are on tight!

A strong contender for our most-discussed museum is The Dali, and Christina C is a contributor to that stat. “This place is absolutely spectacular. We’ve been to museums in Paris, Sydney, and all over the U.S., but this is definitely one of my favorites – and not one to rush through. These paintings demand attention and contemplation of even their most subtle detail.” Does it get more glowing than that? If you consider yourself a buff of yesteryear, Paul K recommends theSt Petersburg Museum of History. He notes that here, you can find “a detailed look at St. Pete’s contributions to World War II, commercial aviation, and the simplicity of what used to be.”

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