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Clearwater Beach Red Tide

Clearwater Beach Red Tide

Phone calls, email questions, chat conversations, everybody is concerned about Clearwater Beach red tide! This summer from a few miles south of us all the way to the Florida Keys. The news about the incredibly horrible red tide on the Florida Gulf Coast has everyone’s attention. And we are talking worldwide, not just visitors from the United States. Travelers from around the planet Earth want to know what is happening on a day to day basis. They NEED to know if they are on their way to visit. And we who live and work here, especially when we provide week-long paradise vacation rentals, we all need to know exactly what is going on at every moment.

Good news is that as of 9:00 pm on August 22nd, 2018, the red tide has remained south of us all year. (See current beach conditions here.) In fact, Clearwater Beach has always been on the very north end of the possibilities and to this point has had zero impact from the red tide. The only impact Clearwater Beach has seen is a very quiet late summer tourist season with a fraction of the people on the beach we’d normally see. That makes it nice to be on the beach as a visitor, however, local businesses are cutting hours and making adjustments to survive.

In all honesty, red tide has been detected off our coast at concentrations that are way below any harmful effects to fish or humans, but even though it is there, it is struggling to thrive being this late in the summer. NOTE to locals: Please do not wash your cars in your driveways, do not fertilize your lawns, do not put any phosphates, soap, fertilizer, dead lawn or plant debris into your sewer drains, or do ANYTHING to feed that late summer, hopefully, starving evil bacteria!

Thank you.

Red tide needs food, and we humans tend to feed it. Fortunately here in Pinellas County, we have rules to help prevent pouring red tide nutrients into the waters off our coast during our main sunny season (June 1st to September 1st). It seems to help, but some areas south of us have been careless. Even so, we have been OK here. Every summer there is usually some detectable red tide as it is a natural occurrence. This year there were some out of the ordinary circumstances down south that threw the typical natural balance way off. Last summer we had some red tide drifting a few miles off our coast and it was our biggest worry…until Hurricane Irma. Of course a good hurricane will always blast away a red tide bloom, and we all forgot about red tide after Irma. Our focus was getting our power back on, having the damage cleaned up, and to eventually recover from the huge news media public image disaster. But the red tide was gone and we never gave it a thought.

That said, we did have a little business boom when Siesta Key, Sarasota, and sadly, Sanibel Island were totally impossible to visit and everybody was moving north. However, speaking of news media image disasters, the recent “red tide” hype on every news outlet around the world has impacted us here on Clearwater Beach and we have not even had any effects at all so far. Swimming in the Gulf is totally on, sitting on the soft sands of Clearwater Beach with no bad smells, no dead fish, we are 100% paradise beach!

By the way, as of this post, we only have a handful of open units from now through mid-November. But call us at 727-461-1123 to see what is available. Our refund policy is that we’ll refund any and every day the beach is not healthy or pleasant due to red tide effects.

The main Florida resource for the red tide is the “Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission” (or FWC for short) red tide web page. The FWC website is, for the most part, the primary resource we locals and most news media refer to.

http://myfwc.com/redtidestatus

It typically updates once a week, on Fridays. Lately, it does provide an update during mid-week, but it has not been consistent. This website is considered the State “authority”, but that’s not 100% the case. So we locals have a few more resources we can check several times a day.

Clearwater Beach is located in the “northern” part of Pinellas County. Pinellas County has its own red tide report web page that is the most up-to-date resource for we on the Pinellas County beaches.

http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/red-tide.htm

The world famous Mote Aquarium in Sarasota has a great beach condition web page that also provides current reports of red tide, dead fish on beaches, weather conditions, etc.

https://mote.org/research/program/environmental-health/beach-conditions-report-red-tide-information

Clearwater Beach Christmas 2018

Clearwater Beach Christmas 2018

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Don’t hope for snow, pack your bags and enjoy a beautiful Clearwater Beach Christmas Vacation! The Villas of Clearwater Beach and Surfside Condominiums still have a few two and three bedroom condos with beach front views available! Book today!

The soft white sands of Clearwater Beach guarantee a white Christmas! Skip the cold and enjoy the warm Clearwater Beach weather with temperatures typically reaching the 70’s each day throughout December!

Clearwater Beach Christmas Events

Holiday Lights in the Gardens
November 23, 2018 – December 30, 2018

Escape into the wonderland of twinkling holiday lights at The Florida Botanical Gardens! Featuring over 1 million lights highlighting the Botanical Gardens’ plants in a nature and holiday-themed light display!

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
November 17, 2018 – December 31, 2018

The family tradition returns to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida! Christmas Town features twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, a visit to Santa’s House and characters from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Christmas Town is open on select dates from November 17th through December 31st!

Winter’s Wonderland at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
November 24, 2018 – January 8, 2018

Experience Winter the Dolphin’s Winter Wonderland featuring holiday lights and decorations all around the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. All habitats are holiday themed to wish happy holidays to all our animal residents and visitors!

Christmas Eve Cruises (Tampa & Clearwater)
December 24, 2018

Experience a Christmas Eve dinner like never before! Enjoy a Christmas Eve cruise featuring a holiday buffet, a DJ playing holiday classics and modern hits and spectacular views of Downtown Tampa and Clearwater Beach holiday lighting for a fun and memorable Christmas Eve with Yacht StarShip Cruises and Events!

Christmas Eve dinner cruises are available in both Clearwater Beach and Tampa! Early cruises are available from 5PM through 7:30 PM and Midnight Mass cruises are available from 8:30 PM through 11 PM.

Christmas Eve Cruises have limited availability, book today!

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – August 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events August 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather August 2018

The Clearwater Beach weather in August is very similar to July. You’ll see temperatures rise to the upper 80’s and occasionally breaking into the low 90’s each day. Each night the temperature will drop to the mid 70’s or low 80’s. You may see some clouds building in the afternoons with some short afternoon showers, but the clouds usually break apart for beautiful sunsets! It is a great time to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Clearwater Beach Events August 2018

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Check out the daily Sunset Festival at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach! The daily Clearwater Beach sunset festival includes local artisans, crafters, street performers and of course a beautiful sunset! On Friday and Saturday nights, stick around after sunset and enjoy a free movie under the stars at the Pier 60 Sunset Cinema!

Friday, August 3rd: The Emoji Movie (PG)
Saturday, August 4th: Ready Player One (PG-13)
Friday, August 10th: Paddington 2 (PG)
Saturday, August 11th: Rampage (PG-13)
Friday, August 17th: Big Hero 6 (PG)
Saturday, August 18th: I Feel Pretty (PG-13)
Friday, August 24th: The Honor List (PG-13)
Saturday, August 25th: Midnight Sun (PG-13)
Friday, August 30th: Sherlock Gnomes (PG)

Clearwater Farmers Market

The Clearwater Farmers Market features local vendors, fresh produce, and liquid sunshine all in one location! The Clearwater Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.

O.A.R. – Just Like Paradise

Hippiefest at Ruth Eckerd Hall

The Alarm at Capitol Theatre

Chick Corea Solo Piano at Capitol Theatre

Best in Show: Rick Springfield at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Events Near Clearwater Beach

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain

James Museum of Western & Wildlife Presents: “Art of the Animal”

MIZE presents FRUIT BOWL Art Exhibit

Museum of Fine Arts: Magnetic Fields Exhibition

Storytellers Exhibition at the Chihuly Collection

Cult Classic Summer Movie Series at The Dali Museum: Die Hard

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tour

Yesterdaze at Sunset Beach Concert Series in Tarpon Springs

Madeira Beach 5k Sunset Series

Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Beach Snoballs Grand Relaunch

Free Train Weekends in Largo

Tarpon Springs “Night in the Islands”

Kesha & Macklemore at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Yoga at The Dali

Janet Jackson at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Pentatonix at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Imagine Dragons at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Pet Pal Pub Crawl

Lindsey Stirling & Evanescence at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

St. Pete Beach 5k Series

Journey & Def Leppard at Amalie Arena

Safety Harbor Group Run

Charlie Puth & Hailee Steinfeld at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre