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Clearwater's forecast tonight downtown: snow, flurries of fun

CLEARWATER — The forecast calls for snow on Cleveland Street tonight — 2 tons of it, to be exact.

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Karla Jo Helms, spokeswoman for the Clearwater Downtown Partnership, explained that Gainesville Ice has been hired to bring in 2 tons of the white stuff — enough for children to throw some snowballs in a play area and ride toboggans down a slide.

"It rarely snows in Florida, so we are making magic happen in downtown Clearwater," she said.

"Miracle on Cleveland Street" is the Clearwater Downtown Partnership's inaugural event to lure more tourists and residents to the area.

The partnership is made up of property owners, developers, residents and civic groups whose goal is to foster the economic redevelopment of downtown.

The free winter party will feature photos with Santa, the Snow Princess, carolers, Dickens characters and scenes from The Nutcracker.

Beer, wine and hot drinks will also be sold.

Helms recommends parking in the public parking garage on Garden Avenue.

"It should be a lot of fun," she said, "and we hope people will realize that this is a really great place to come to."

Reach Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com

If you go

Street party

What: "Miracle on Cleveland Street."

When: 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Where: Cleveland Street will be closed to traffic between Garden and Fort Harrison avenues.

For information: Visit www.clwdp.org.

Clearwater's forecast tonight downtown: snow, flurries of fun 12/04/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 5, 2008 5:33pm]
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