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Oringinally called Indian Shores Beach South Shore, what is now Indian Shores is one of the oldest beach communities along the barrier islands.

Legend has it that Indian Shores got it's name from the fact that local indians woulds fish along the rocks that lined the island.

 

Once the Tampa Bay area was settled, summer cottages began to sprout up along the beach. A ferry contected Indian shores with the mainland.

In 1916 a turn bridge was built and the area began to grow. During the Second World War the area really took off and was incorporated into the Town of Indian Shores Beach, South Shore.

1973 brought a referendum to change the name of the town to Indian Shores. The passage of the referendum resulted in what we see today, the Town of Indian Shores.

Today Indian Shores Beach is a vibrant beach community that is the perfect place for a family vacation or a quiet weekend get-a-way.

Emergency Access Permit for barrier island residents and businesses
In an effort to prevent looting and burglary after a large-scale mandatory evacuation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the barrier islands have joined forces to provide free Emergency Access Permits to all businesses and residents of the barrier islands. Once a mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, Emergency Access Permits will be required to re-enter an evacuated area. There are nine entry points to the barrier islands. Access will be limited based on the closest entry point to your residence.
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Beach towns' Gulf Boulevard a risky trip for pedestrians
Walking or cycling in the area can be tricky, especially along Gulf Boulevard, which connects the beach communities for roughly 15 miles from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater.
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Few motorists aware of Florida law to stop at crosswalks with signs
At a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection or a crosswalk that is marked mid-block, regulations mandate that drivers must yield right-of-way to pedestrians. - Read more

Pinellas deputy clarifies crosswalk policy
Popular misconceptions concerning driver and pedestrian responsibilities when approaching crosswalks have resulted in near misses, injuries and even fatalities.
http://www.tbnweekly.com/pubs/beach_beacon/content_articles/060414_bhb-02.txt

Monofilament Line Recovery and Recycling
Fishing is an important part of the Florida lifestyle as well as its economy. In spite of the obvious benefits, this leisure-time activity, on occasion, can lead to problems for birds and other wildlife such as sea turtles and manatees. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists, monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks can entangle these animals, leading to injury and even death.
http://paradisenewsfl.com/the-magazine/tidbits/may-2014/3203-monofilament-line-recovery-and-recycling.html

TripAdvisor Travelers' waterside code of conduct
The world’s largest travel site, has announced the results of its annual beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 1,400 U.S. travelers.
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On-Line Beach Access Guide
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Management Program has launch its coastal access guide. The interactive website allows users to locate beach access points and additional information such as restrooms, picnic tables and lifeguard availability statewide. - Click Here

Three good beach picnic ideas
Beware of aggressive seabirds that love to swoop down on unattended food. Cover food if you get up to swim, hunt shells or throw the Frisbee. Do not feed the birds; that only makes it worse for you and the next group that comes along.
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A do's and don'ts list for Pinellas County beaches
Going to the beach? Here is a list of does and don'ts about alcohol, nudity, fires, pets and camping on the beach.
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Suncoast Beach Trolley
Hop on the Suncoast Beach TrolleySM and you can explore all of the unique beach communities from its beginning at Park Street Terminal in downtown Clearwater to 75th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. Check out the shops on Corey Avenue, enjoy the sights at John's Pass Village, or just take in a beautiful sunset. It's the fun, easy, and affordable way to do and see everything you want to on the beach. The Suncoast Beach TrolleySM runs every 20 - 30 minutes from 5:05 a.m. to 10:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Sunday, including holidays, with service until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Look for special trolley bus stop signs located frequently along the route. In addition to the services along Gulf Boulevard, connector routes run between the coast and downtown St. Petersburg. PSTA Bus Operators do not carry cash or make change, exact fare is required. The bus and trolley fare is just $2.00 per ride, or ride all day with an Unlimited Daily GO Card. GO Cards are $4.50 and are available onboard the trolleys, buses, or at various locations countywide. The fare boxes are equipped to handle $1, $5 and $10 bills but do not give change. Click here for the trolley schedule.

Common Sense Beach Swimming Rules

Swim within the "Safe Bathing Areas", if marked, at all times.

Florida sunshine is intense. Please be careful when sunbathing and use sunscreen with a high SPF

Learn to Swim - Learning to swim is the best defense against drowning.

Never Swim Alone - Always swim with a companion. At the very least, have someone onshore who can call for help.

Don't Fight the Current - Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. If caught in a rip current, don't fight it by trying to swim directly to shore. Instead, swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax, then swim to shore. Most rip currents are narrow, and a short swim parallel to shore will bring you to safety. The same forces that cause rip currents also cause longshore currents. These currents are most evident when waves hit the shore at an angle. This tends to cause the water to be pushed along the beach away from the direction of the oncoming waves. Usually, longshore currents are less hazardous than rip currents because they move along the shore, not away from the shore, but they can knock children and weaker adults off their feet. More importantly, longshore currents can feed and increase the power of rip currents. In other words, the longshore current may move along the shore, then turn offshore to become a rip current.

Swim Sober - Alcohol is a major factor in drowning. Alcohol impairs swimming ability and good judgement.

Don't Float Where You Can't Swim - Often, non-swimmers dangerously use floatation devices to go offshore, If they fall off, they can quickly drown. The only exception is a person wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Don't Dive Headfirst, Protect Your Neck - Diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom can lead to serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, and then go in feet first the first time. Use caution while bodysurfing, always extending a hand ahead of you.

Important Links:

Town of Indian Shores Suncoast Sea Bird Sanctuary
Pinellas County Beach Parks
Beach Parking Information
Beach Trolley Area Traffic and Travel Information
St. Petersburg Times Pinellas Bird Life - pinellasbirds.com
Pinellas County Gas Price Tracker Find Public Notaries
Windfinder Tide calendars prediction Indian Shores Beach WalkWise Tampa Bay

Important Telephone Numbers:

Pinellas Co. Sheriff Emergencey - 911 St. Pete Beach Fire Emergency - 911
Indian Shores Police - 727-595-5414  
Town of Indian Shores - 727-595-4020  


Tampa Bay Area Television Stations

Channel 3
WEDU-PBS
Channel 8
WFLA- NBC
Channel 9
BAY NEWS
Channel 10
WTSP-CBS
Channel 13
WTVT-FOX
Channel 16
WUSF-PBS
Channel 28
WFTS-ABC
Channel 32
WMOR-IND
Channel 38
WTTA-WB
Channel 44
WTOG-UPN


Tampa Bay Area Radio Stations

FM      
BLAZ 87.5 Hip Hop, Hot AC, Urban WMNF 88.5 Community Radio
WYFE 88.9 Bible Broadcasting Network WUSF 89.7 Public Radio
WJUF 90.1 Public Radio WBVM 90.5 Christian Music
WLPJ 91.5 Christian Contemporary WFTI 91.7 Religious
WYUU 92.5 Country WFLZ 93.3 Top-40
WWRM 94.9 Adult Contemporary WXCV 95.3 Top-40
WBTP 95.7 Hip Hop WTMP 96.1 Urban Contemporary
WSUN 97.1 Rock Alternative WXTB 97.9 Rock
WLLD 98.7 Hip Hop WQYK 99.5 Country
WMTX 100.7 Hot AC WPOI 101.5 80's Rock
WTBT 103.5 Classic Rock WRBQ 104.7 Oldies
WDUV 105.5 Adult Contemporary WGUL 106.3 Nostalgia
WXGL 107.3 Classic Hits    
       
AM      
WTBN 570 Religious WDAE 620 Sports
WRMD 680 Spanish WGUL 860 Nostalgia
WFLA 970 News/Talk WBZZ 1010 Talk
WWBA 1040 Talk WHNZ 1250 Talk
WTAN 1340 Talk WWMI 1380 Disney
WLVU 1470 Sports WRXB 1590 Urban Contemporary

 

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