New Hillsborough beach opens in time for fall weather

The new beach is open just in time for cooler temperatures.

Let's take a moment to acknowledge just how beautiful it is outside. The cooldown has Bay area residents talking on social media.
Someone from St. Pete Beach posted this: "Monday has been canceled due to beautiful weather and clear blue skies!"  And Antoinette posted a snapshot of her weather app. She couldn't believe it!  A cool 72 degrees in Tampa this morning.
The timing couldn't be better, because there's a new beach to enjoy in Hillsborough County. The Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is finally open.
And it's already drawing its share of visitors.
Angie and her husband are from England. They are staying in Kissimmee, but out exploring for the day. "We often do - we often have a ride out to see the real Florida and we're headed down to Sarasota so we saw a sign post for Apollo Beach and we think it's beautiful."
They got lucky. Until last month, they wouldn't have been able to find a beach there.
"It's gorgeous, awesome day for a beach, no clouds in the sky. Weather's nice, water's nice you can't ask for anything more."
Aaron Grossi brought his family here to enjoy the amazing weather. "The beach is beautiful. It's our first time here. We're fairly close, we live in Ruskin. Typically we go to Little Harbor, but with this new beach being open, we couldn't resist."
This beach was created with sand dredged out of the boat channels.  It's something boaters and the county worked together on to make possible.
Dawn Sherman grew up in this area and is raising her family here. "We used to have the Holiday Inn/Radisson down on the street back there, but that was torn down. So it's nice that families actually have a place to come to."
There is one final thing that needs to be done before the beach project is complete, however. They are filling in the entire open area with a special kind of grass that's tolerant to the conditions.
The beach is free and open to the public.  There's also a grand opening celebration planned for Saturday, Oct. 22.

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