In 2009, If You Were a Citizen or Visitor at Clearwater Beach - You could have . . .
By Anne McKay Garris
Watched a spectacular sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
Visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see our famous dolphin with the artificial tail. You might have even read about him in the Reader's Digest.
Gotten confused with traffic on the South Beach as interminable street construction blocked your way.
Participated in the opening of the new extension of the Pinellas Trail across Memorial Causeway, with its new bridge on to the Beach.
Watched them build boat slips beside the Beach Recreation Center and Pool. Some of them will be for public use.
Observed a fender bender on our famous Roundabout, and narrowly avoided a few of your own.
Worked out in the light and airy exercise room at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center.
Watched hundreds of bicycles swarming the streets during the Ironman competition.
Participated in the first Family Fun Fest on Beach Walk.
Learned to sail a Windsurfer at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center.
Birdwatched along Memorial Causeway where there are more birds and more variety than in some bird sanctuaries.
Joined the march on City Hall in protest of a proposal for one-way streets on the South Beach.
Made a donation to help move forward the drive for the three Islands to separate from Clearwater.
Hosted a party at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center swimming pool, or at the Recreation Center.
Watched a lavish production of The Littlest Angel at the Chapel-By-The-Sea, produced by the Sunday School Department.
Dined, or lunched at one of Clearwater Beach's excellent restaurants.
Enjoyed the Christmas Boat Parade, sponsored by the Island Estates Civic Association.
Seen the miracle of people going from wheelchairs to skippering sailboats at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key.
Sang Christmas Carols at the Carol Sing sponsored by the Clearwater Beach Association.
And found, everywhere, people who are friendly, helpful and wanting you to enjoy living, or visiting in this neat and tidy, clean and pleasant piece of the world.
Happy New Year!
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