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Clearwater hopes Super Bowl sand sculpture will bring more visitors

Super bowl sand sculpture
Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 18:45:30-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The City of Clearwater is celebrating the Buccaneers championship by creating a one-of-a-kind sand sculpture on the beach.

There’s not a person on Clearwater Beach that has not stopped to admire this masterpiece made of sand, that celebrates the Bucs as Super Bowl champions, including Jayden Laskody who’s visiting from Pennsylvania.

“It’s definitely really exciting, I didn’t know what it was at first so I came over and I saw the little football from the back and I thought it was really cool how they did that,” said Laskody.

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater said the Super Bowl did bring more visitors to the area, however it was not what they hoped for.

“Was it what we expected? No, but the fact is that we had people in town that were visiting that were enjoying our communities during Super Bowl,” said Steve Hayes, President/CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

Chrissy Hess and her family needed an escape from the Windy City.

“We’re going to go on this pirate ship because we’re tourists and it’s nice and warm,” said Hess.

With the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival canceled due to COVID-19, Hayes expects it will impact Clearwater as a destination, but he believes the visibility of the Bucs winning the Super Bowl and the sand sculpture may generate additional visitors.

“Social media, people take their pictures and when people see they’ve got this great sand sculpture, they can come to the beach and they can share it with their friends, family and folks all around. Especially with the nicer weather,” Hayes said.