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.

Red Tide is gone in Pinellas County, and the beaches are wide open

The visitors are still staying away on the Suncoast, much to the delight to the tourists who did arrive (but not the businesses).
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Hillsborough County cites Beer Can Island for code violations

The property has no zoning designation, so code enforcement sent a violation notice to the Tampa Bay island's owners over changes.
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Mexico Beach couple get married on remains of home destroyed by Hurricane Michael

A firefighter and a police officer from the tiny Panhandle town decide to tie the knot where they fell in love.
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Enter. Win. Swim: Sign up to enter our Swim With the Manatees giveaway

We’ve partnered with Plantation on Crystal River to offer up to four guests a two-night stay, a dinner at West 82 Bar & Grill and a snorkeling trip to swim with Crystal River’s wintering manatees.
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Good places to see manatees in the wild when it’s cold in Florida

From observation decks to snorkeling tips, here is where you can spot the wintering marine mammals as temperatures start to drop.
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Paintings help preserve quaint cottages in Indian Rocks Beach

A trio of artists create canvases of the houses along Gulf Boulevard, reminding people why they want to live in the small homes instead of high-rise condos.
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Four easy steps to creating the perfect beach sunset selfie

Taking a little time to set up your photo the right way (and learning the secrets of your shoe) will work wonders.
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Key West's annual Fantasy Fest scares up thousands of revelers

The 10-day event features parades, costume contests and more.
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Hurricane Michael dredges up 19th-century Panhandle shipwreck

The hull, originally washed up by an 1899 hurricane, shows up on Dog Island in Franklin County.
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Red Tide reaches the Space Coast

The toxic algae bloom now stretches from Miami-Dade to Brevard counties.
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Apalachicola oyster farmers dealt another blow

Already beset with problems, the industry must now recover from Hurricane Michael's destructive power.
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Search and rescue sweeps over in the Panhandle

Authorities said their teams have completed sweeps, but didn't give any finalized numbers of dead or injured from Hurricane Michael.
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Panhandle towns may not have electricity for weeks

Leaders in some counties are warning it could take up to a month to fully restore power to what is still standing and far longer for homes that were leveled and need to be rebuilt.
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Residents return a week after Hurricane Michael

People return to razed homes and looting, while utilities and cell service slowly return.
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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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