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Updated: 07/12/2017 05:17:03PM

Winter tourism levels off

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PHOTO CREDIT: PUREFLORIDA.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: PUREFLORIDA.COM

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Jellyfish can scare away beachgoers.

Jellyfish can keep the beach chairs empty.

SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLY

South of the public Englewood Beach.

SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLY
A day at the beach can be spoiled by jellyfish.

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Lydia and Madelyn Roberts of Belleville, Mich., enjoyed the warm weather and waves on Manasota Key last year.

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Mark Timchula, better known as the "Beach Guy," sets up a rented umbrella for Sanda Toolin, a winter visitor last year to Englewood Beach.

Cartoon map of Florida state. Travel and attractions.

Cartoon map of Florida state. Travel and attractions.

SUN PHOTO BY SANDY PRAY

Before the fireworks went off at Laishley Park on July 4, the sunset sky put on its own blazing display over Charlotte Harbor.

Cartoon map of Florida state. Travel and attractions.

Cartoon map of Florida state. Travel and attractions.

By TED CARTER

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Stellar winter visitor seasons in recent years brought high expectations for the just passed October-through-April period in Charlotte and Sarasota counties.

Spurred by that success, tourism officials in both counties set the bar high, but now think perhaps a bit too high.

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