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A spring break cold snap

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CLEARWATER BEACH (FOX 13) -

At first glance, things looked pretty normal for a spring break Monday on Clearwater Beach.

Kids were playing volleyball, others were wading in the water taking in the Florida sunshine.

But if you looked just a bit closer, you noticed most swimsuits had been replaced with sweatshirts as cold temperatures made spring break feel a lot more like winter break here in Florida.

With highs only reaching into the 60s in Clearwater, this was not the warm Florida vacation many were expecting.

"We envisioned nice weather and a warm beach day, but it's kinda freezing and it's not so nice," said Tara Olson of Chicago.

Mark Sayer brought his family all the way from England to enjoy a little sun and fun.

While he admitted he would have liked it to be a bit warmer in the water, he put it all in perspective.

"It's not too bad, you should try swimming in England," Sayer said.

Officials with Visit St. Pete Clearwater say they are on a record-breaking pace for tourism this year.

They suspect the cold spell won't hurt numbers because most of these trips were booked months in advance.

And even with it being a bit chilly, local businesses are still finding ways to cash in.

"Usually spring break, we sell out of spring break t-shirts, a lot of accessories for spring break, sunglasses or beach mats. But with the cold weather we're having, we sell a lot of sweatshirts, hoodies, pullovers," said Aron Golan of Surf Style.

And if it's water sports you want you can get it at Surf Style without freezing with their indoor flow rider surf machine.

"They don't need to freeze outside, they don't need to fight with the cold weather sand," said Golan.

Olson and Kyle Hudson of Chicago stopped to pick up a couple of sweatshirts.

They say they didn't pack for lows in the 50's but believe they may have brought something else with them instead.

"I think we brought the cold weather with us, we didn't really escape it like we planned to," said Olson.

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