BEACH READS

Florida's beaches feature as many different stories to tell as there are grains of sand. Come here to read more about the people, places and events across the Sunshine State's communities. We'll also feature tips and tricks for you to get the most out of events, activities and more.

Mexico Beach flavor may be forever changed

The 'mom and pop' feel of the tiny beach town could be gone when the town rebuilds after Hurricane Michael.
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High ground acts as a bridge to the rest of the world

Isolated by Hurricane Michael, stranded residents head to impromptu town squares to talk to friends and relatives or ask for help.
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Mexico Beach residents band together after Hurricane Michael

Neighbors help each other survive after the Category 4 storm destroys their town.
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Homeowners return to Cape San Blas to survey destruction

Hurricane Michael razed dunes and ruined houses when it made landfall nearby.
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It may be the end of the road for some on Alligator Point

Beachfront residents face a treacherous path to recovery after Hurricane Michael.
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Mexico Beach reeling from Hurricane Michael

The beach town of 1,200 was devastated by the Category 4 storm. House were destroyed and roads impassable in the aftermath.
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Red Tide reappears on Pinellas beaches after Hurricane Michael

The storm appears to have shifted the toxic algae bloom back to land on the Gulf Coast.
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Mexico Beach: Ground zero for Hurricane Michael

Early morning photos from the epicenter of the Category 4 storm reveal devastation.
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Hurricane Michael ravages Panhandle towns

The monster Category 4 ripped across communities like Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and Panama City Beach with historic fury.
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Florida starts to assess Hurricane Michael damage

The Coast Guard had 'several rescues' in Panama City, and are working to bring water and fuel from Tallahassee to needier areas near Apalachicola.
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Hurricane Michael barrels into the Panhandle as a strong Category 4

High storm surge and winds reaching 155 mph cause at least one death after the storm comes ashore near Tyndall Air Force Base, just west of Mexico Beach.
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Tiny Port St. Joe faces Hurricane Michael's wrath

The Gulf County town faces high winds and storm surge as the Category 4 storm approaches.
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Apalachicola waits for Hurricane Michael

'Until the water comes up, we’re just waiting. There’s not much else we can do.'
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Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 4 storm

Winds top 150 mph as monster cyclone approaches Florida's Panhandle with up to 13 feet of storm surge.
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Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office warns Weather Channel's Jim Cantore to stay away

The authorities post a fake 'trespass warning' to the meteorologist ahead of Hurricane Michael.
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Hurricane Michael could end — or strengthen — Florida's Red Tide

The strong storm could dissipate the toxic algae in the Gulf of Mexico, or heavy rain could cause runoff that would feed the bloom with more pollutants.
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Hurricane Michael now a Category 3 storm

Florida's Panhandle braces for a ‘monstrous’ hit sometime on Wednesday. Gulf Coast communities are already feeling the effects.
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Hurricane Michael threatens the Panhandle, Gulf Coast

The storm is projected to push north through the Caribbean to make landfall in Florida mid-week.
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Red Tide spreading across Atlantic coast

Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties all show signs of the toxic algae in water samples.
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Forecasts for Red Tide air quality on the way

Government agencies are working on warnings for beaches affected by toxins released from the microscopic algae.
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Palm Beach County closes beaches after Red Tide scare

Beachgoers complain of symptoms similar to what the toxic algae causes. Water samples tested by the state show the toxic algae is present in low to medium concentrations.
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Red Tide loosens grip on Pinellas, but persists in the Gulf of Mexico

The toxic algae bloom is still present in locations from Collier County to the Panhandle.
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Mississippi River pollution making Florida's Red Tide even worse

Fresh water flowing eastward carries nutrients into the Gulf of Mexico, fueling the toxic algae bloom.
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Summer of Red Tide reaches the Panhandle

Bay County tests positive for the toxic algae, along with Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and other northwestern Florida counties.
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Red Tide also can affect birds along the shore

Birds that get sick appear to fall ill after eating the dead fish killed by the toxic algae.
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Tropical Storm Florence is soaking the Carolinas

After coming ashore in North Carolina, the storm is bringing flooding through storm surge and torrential rains.
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Is Red Tide affecting Florida's seafood?

Most of the catch comes from far offshore, but be sure to ask questions.
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Public beach access law meets opposition in the panhandle

A practice called customary use is a hot-button issue after Gov. Rick Scott signed a controversial bill favoring private landowners.
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Latest updates for Hurricane Florence

The massive storm has come ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1. Check here for the latest news and information.
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Red Tide's toll reaches north into Pinellas County

Dead fish wash up on the famous beaches here, but not all communities are affected the same.
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Pick up trash, save the beach

Volunteers can sign up with local coordinators for the Ocean Conservancy 2018 International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 15.
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Florence threatens east coast even before arrival

Florida officials warn of rip currents and strong waves ahead of the Category 4 hurricane, which is pushing toward the Carolinas. There has been one death and two injuries from surf conditions in Volusia County.
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Few signs of Irma left on Marco Island one year later

The Category 3 hurricane ripped through the area in 2017, but there’s little evidence of storm damage in the community.
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Pensacola child killed when Gordon comes ashore in Gulf; Atlantic storms are forming

The tropical storm never reached hurricane strength as it made landfall west of Florida.
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Tropical Storm Gordon expected to reach hurricane strength

The panhandle prepares as the storm moves through South Florida en route to crossing the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tropical Storm Gordon skims past South Florida on path to Gulf

The fast-moving storm formed over the Florida Keys, making the beach an unwise choice for Labor Day weekend.
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Red tide, blue-green algae blooms coat Florida's coasts

Climate change and pollution are among the causes of toxic slime plaguing beaches, lakes and rivers over the summer.
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Watch yourself on the waves with pointers for personal watercraft safety

Renting a Jet Ski or WaveRunner is a fun way to get on the water, but you can stay safe if you remember these tips.
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Insider tips to buying your first kayak

Price, style and quality of construction are all important factors when making that initial purchase.
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Sun, sand, sustainability: Anna Maria Island excels at ecotourism

Organic produce and native landscaping are only some of the features of this Manatee County getaway.
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An insider’s guide to beach camping on Shell Key

Test your paddling and outdoors skills by hitting the waves to really rough it.
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Hello from Florida Beach Insider

If you're like us, you're yearning for the sun on your face and sand between your toes. You want to get away from it all and while away your hours listening to crashing waves.
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Five Florida saltwater fishing tips from a professional

George Poveromo, the host of George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing on NBC Sports Network, offered five tips that will help anglers anywhere they travel in search of big fish.
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Dr. Beach, a Florida icon

A chat with FIU professor Stephen Leatherman.
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Gov. Rick Scott issues order to deal with public beach access bill

HB 631 dealt with customary use, but confused beachgoers over the limits of private property.
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Answers to questions about Red Tide

The algae blooms that kill fish and turtles off the Gulf Coast are not new, but they are dangerous.
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Red Tide contributes to some of 554 manatee deaths so far in 2018

The total exceeds 2017's total of 538 deaths, with four months left to go in the year.
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Dust from Africa's Sahara Desert may be contributing to Florida's Red Tide problem

Researchers think iron that has traveled all the way across the Atlantic is triggering a process that causes the toxic algae bloom.
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Florida Beach Insider's own Top 10 Florida beaches

Everyone has a list of the best beaches in the Sunshine State, so we created one, too. Here's a look at beaches for every occasion.
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