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Lifeguard Brody Patrick, 18, of Indian Shores scans Clearwater Beach from tower No. 4 on Aug. 16. The destination has grown in popularity in recent years and the beach’s lifeguards are adjusting.Photos by DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Clearwater Beach lifeguards ramp up to accommodate increasing visitors

CLEARWATER — Lifeguard supervisor Patrick Brafford scans the packed beach from Tower 3 at Clearwater Beach. About 15 feet offshore, a group of people are swimming with a small child. That makes Brafford nervous. There's no reason to take a child out that deep, Brafford thinks. A middle-age woman running toward chil …