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One of Florida’s main go-to beaches, Clearwater beach is more than a beach. With its surrounding Located area chock-full of restaurants, the need to on a small pack a lunch is slightly diminished; but with the island right outrageous price of food at many of the establishments, outside of Tarpon starvation can seem very appetizing. Although the beach is Springs, Fred usually packed with tourists who often find the need to feed Howard Beach is one the gulls, parking is rarely a problem. Events come and go with of the closer beaches to the tides. A variety of acts ranging from a troupe of break-dancers to New Tampa. Though this a teenage escape artist populates the boardwalk. There is even a booth beach lacks in size, it also where you can get your picture taken with a monkey. A mass of lacks in tourists. There is makeshift storefronts lines up and down Pier 60. However, if a never a crowd so it’s easy to tourist-laden beach with an atmosphere reflected by that fact get a spot that is not practically does not sound appealing, there is an escape. About five The on top of someone else’s beach miles south of Clearwater beach is Sand Key, a smaller, journey towel. It is also within a tenstate government-run park. Nearly free of tourists of a couple minute drive of the sponge and with plenty of cheap parking, Sand Key t e e n a g e r s docks and some of the best is perfect for those who want to get away. aimlessly driving Greek food this side of the Unfortunately that also means that around Clearwater, St. Mediterranean. There non-beach activities and eateries Petersburg, or what could be is also free parking, are scarce at Sand anywhere in between, turned into which is always Key. an enjoyable trip to a sunny beach, a plus. without the hassle of too many tourists. Emerging from State Road 666 are miles of coastline with soft, sandy beaches and surprisingly few gulls. The main problem is the lack of large public parking lots; many smaller parking lots are scattered along the strip, but are solely open to residents of the immediate area. However, asking a local for some tips might help solve this problem. Revered for its skim-board-friendly waves and its considerably more laid-back atmosphere compared to its northern and southern counterparts, Madeira is a friendly beach with a great disposition.

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With the Floridian climate, good beach locations may seem plentiful, but there are many other factors that can affect how enjoyable a trip to the beach can be such as tourist-to-local ratio, as well as surrounding establishments. Using these criteria, some of Florida’s best west coast beaches are pooled together.

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Changing of the Guard - Volume 6, Issue 7  

Front Page Story: New Principal Chris Farkas is to replace reitiring principal Richard Bartels. Original Publication Date: May 6, 2008

Changing of the Guard - Volume 6, Issue 7  

Front Page Story: New Principal Chris Farkas is to replace reitiring principal Richard Bartels. Original Publication Date: May 6, 2008

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