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Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association

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Clearwater Beach condominium owners are facing off with their homeowner’s association over short-term rentals, with accusations against five owners of using deception to dodge a 14-day minimum-lease rule. Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president. A Massachusetts resident, Joseph and Nancy Joyce are listed as nonresident co-owners of a unit. Owners of five condos at the Club —…

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Tripadvisor: St. Pete Beach third best beach in U.S., Florida has 7 of top 10

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Seven of the top 10 beaches ranked as the best in the nation by a travel-ratings website are in Florida. TripAdvisor said Wednesday in a news release that the sand at Siesta Key outside Sarasota was the best-rated beach in the nation. Other Gulf Coast beaches weren’t far behind. St. Pete Beach was number 3, followed by Clearwater Beach and Panama City Beach. Hollywood’s beach in South Florida was ranked sixth, followed by Pensacola Beach and St. Augustine Beach near…

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Water transport seen as solution to traffic congestion on Pinellas beaches

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It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has ever driven along Gulf Boulevard that traffic congestion is seen as a major problem on Pinellas’ beaches. Traffic congestion, especially on the weekends and during tourist season, has been a long-standing issue for the beach communities and has had officials often scratching their heads in a search for a solution. But recently, the search has drifted away from the roadways to the water, specifically the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. The idea of waterborne…

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Clearwater selected as best beach in U.S.

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Clearwater Beach has been selected Trip Advisor’s 2016 Best Beach in the United States beating out seven Hawaii beaches. The results are compiled from user reviews. “The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon,” one review read. Many of the comments posted on Trip Advisor about Clearwater Beach include references to the soft, sugary white sand. “Prettiest…

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium moves forward with expansion plans

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Much to the dismay of neighbors, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is moving forward with plans to expand its popular tourist attraction home to the famous Winter the Dolphin. Amid growing attendance and increasing parking issues, the Community Development Board approved a $45 million expansion plan this week. That includes a food court, coral reef exhibits, lab rooms, a theater, two four-story facilities to house animal life support systems, and a three-story parking garage that will hold more than 400 cars.…

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SeaWorld treating dolphin rescued from Clearwater Beach

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Authorities say a rough-toothed dolphin found beached on Clearwater Beach is being treated by veterinarians at SeaWorld Orlando. Crews from Clearwater Marine Aquarium retrieved the dolphin on Sunday. The Tampa Tribune reports the 200-pound, 7-foot male dolphin was placed in quarantine, where veterinarians gave it fluids and antibiotics. The dolphin was extremely weak. According to a release from the theme park, the dolphin will receive round-the-clock care as needed. Republished with permission of the Associated Press. 

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Clearwater Beach in running for USA Today’s best Florida Beach

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Clearwater Beach is raking in the votes for Best Florida Beach by USA Tody’s 10-best list series. As of right now, it’s the top-ranked beach in the Tampa Bay area. Out of 20 beaches, Clearwater is joined in the vote by its neighbor to the north, Caladesi Island State Park, at number 6. Pass-a-Grille Beach sits at number 5 and Fort de Soto is at number 8. The only beach currently beating Clearwater is Gulf Islands National Seashore in Pensacola.…

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