Spring breakers flock to Clearwater Beach despite cold temps

By Fallon Silcox, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring break has started in the Tampa Bay Area and a late-season cold front has come along with it.

  • Northerners flock to Clearwater Beach despite cold temps
  • Spring break booming on Clearwater Beach 
  • Locals, tourists out enjoying the beach

However, that hasn’t stopped the northerners from flocking to the beaches.

The weather isn’t what most expect from the “Sunshine State,” but people are still heading out to Clearwater Beach to enjoy their spring break.

Madison Myers and her mother are in town for spring break from Indiana. The beaches aren't exactly what they had in mind, but they are making the best of it.

“It’s better than what we came from, so I’ll take it,” said Madison. “We left and it was like 20 degrees.”

Greg Lore with the Clear Sky Beach Café said 2017 spring break on the beach is booming, with not only tourists, but locals too.

“The parking garage that they just put in across the street is really helping. A lot of locals from Tampa, Clearwater area, they’re all coming over. It’s a lot easier to park than it’s been in years past,” Lore said.

“Hopefully the weather gets a little nicer than it’s been today, but it’s a great time of year,” he added.

For the brave northerners, a little Florida cold spell won’t keep them from the spending their spring break on the beach.

Many local students are off this week for spring break, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, and Hernando Counties, along with USF.

Next week, schools from Pasco, Manatee, and Polk Counties are off for spring break.