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Updated: 05/18/2017 08:30:00AM

Winter tourism levels off

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PHOTO CREDIT: PUREFLORIDA.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: PUREFLORIDA.COM

PHOTO PROVIDED BY BILL DUNSON

"I was standing on the beach on Don Pedro Island just north of the state park during a strong (northwest) wind and while red tide was a moderate aggravation to the nose and throat," reader and frequent Sun contributor wrote in an email earlier this week. "Looking either north or south the beach was pristine — no people. So maybe an occasional outbreak of red tide is not always a bad thing if you want to experience having a beach all to yourself? It is a remarkable feeling."

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South of the public Englewood Beach.

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Beach goers enjoy a day in the sun on Charlotte County's public Englewood Beach during the recent tourism season.

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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.

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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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