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Pinellas County Florida has America’s #1 beach for 2008 says Dr Beach

Caladesi Island BeachPinellas County Florida now has two white sand beaches that have been names America’s #1 beach, Caladesi Island and Ft. DeSoto Park.

Dr. Beach has named Caladesi Island State Park as America’s Best Beach for 2008. Dr. Beach is actually Dr. Stephen Leatherman, the director of Florida International University’s Lavoratory for Coastal Research. Since 1991 he has been publishing America’s #1 Beach. He’s even compiled them into a book, Americas Best Beaches .

Caladesi Island, just off Dunedin, Florida, and only 20 minutes from Tampa (on a good day), is reached only by boat or small passenger ferry. It’s a natural island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida has had six winners since the competition started in 1991:

1992 Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys (Monroe County)

1994 Grayton Beach on the Florida Panhandle (Walton County)

1995 St Andrews Beach in Panama City on the Florida Panhandle (Bay County)

2002 St Joseph Peninsula in Port St Joe on the Florida Panhandle (Gulf County)

2005 Ft De Soto Park in St Petersburg (Pinellas County)

2008 Caladesi Island in Dunedin/Clearwater (Pinellas County)

Hawaii holds the record, both for the first winner (Kapalua Bay Beach) and for the most winners, 12. North Carolina is the only other state on the list, with a winner in 2007 for the Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach on the Outer Banks.

Here are sources for http://www.floridasbeach.com/ and for buying or selling real estate in Pinellas County.

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