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Seaplace plunges into a new year

The Polar Bear Plunge is an annual tradition at the Seaplace condominiums on Longboat Key.


Tara and Natalie Segedi take the Polar Bear Plunge while visiting from Minnesota.
Tara and Natalie Segedi take the Polar Bear Plunge while visiting from Minnesota.
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When someone is swimming this time of year, clearly, they're not from around here.

But that was not a swarm of tourists in front of the Seaplace condominiums on New Year's Day. Residents and their visitors celebrated with a Polar Bear Plunge. 

"Some of them jump head first, and some of them just tip-toe in," events organizer June Hessel said. "Every year the crowd gets a little bit bigger. Some do not even go in. They just come down to celebrate the new year." 

About 70 people took the plunge into the frigid Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf temperature was around 62 degrees, though it had been colder a few days earlier.

 

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Lesley Dwyer

Lesley Dwyer is the community reporter for Longboat Key and a graduate of the University of South Florida. After earning a bachelor’s degree in professional and technical writing, she freelanced for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Lesley has lived in the Sarasota area for over 25 years.

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