In the last part of August and up through the Labor Day weekend, Clearwater Beach condo owners and visitors in the area were treated to an art display that was quite unique and enjoyable – Dolphin art.
The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce came up with this brilliant idea and from the traffic I had to get through on Labor Day weekend I would have to say it was a big success.
The main area of the beach along Coronado and Mandalay right where you get off the Causeway and drive around the traffic circle had 50-70 six foot tall fiberglass dolphins that were designed by local artists and sponsored by local businesses like the Clearwater Beach Hooters restaurant.
Each time I drove by during the holiday weekend there were lots of people walking along the sidewalk looking at the dolphins and taking pictures.
This project was done in part to draw attention to the Clearwater Beach area during the period of the Republican National Convention in Tampa since there were quite a few delegates staying in hotels on Clearwater Beach.
But considering the number of people who were checking them out on Labor Day weekend, after the convention was over, I’d say that they got more attention from residents and visitors than from the people attending the convention.
The only one I still see there now is the one I photographed above, in front of the Hooters/Ron Jon shop, but there may be others around the beach stores and restaurants.
If you want to read more about this or see a video then go to the article on the Clearwater Beach Dolphin Art Exhibit.