Visitors from Ontario, Canada and others enjoyed the sunshine and mild temperatures at St. Pete Beach in Pass-A-Grille this morning. While it is quieter there, thousands packed Clearwater Beach this afternoon to soak up the sun during their Spring Break. Traffic was bumper to bumper. Beach parking lots and metered spaces on nearby streets were filled Tuesday afternoon. The beach visitors included many families with children and students on Spring Break. Many stopped to admire Matthew’s sand castle that took 2 hours to carve out in the sand.
Clearwater Police also are patrolling the beaches and parking lots. Alcohol is banned here, too.
As busy as Spring Break season is, Judy Forsley, a Clearwater resident, takes this time of year in stride. “Crazy, but everyone is having a lot of fun. It’s great and it’s good for the economy,” Forsley said. Spring officially starts on March 20th. Rita’s near downtown Clearwater is offering free iced custard to customers on the first day of Spring.