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Beautiful weather a welcomed sight at Stone Harbor Shiver

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 After the gray skies and strong damaging winds from another winter storm, it's amazing what a difference a day can make.

"This time yesterday it was snowing, now its 50 degrees and its beautiful blue skies, no clouds and a beach day in Stone Harbor," said city council member Joselyn Rich.

Hundreds gathered under blue skies on the beach in Stone Harbor for the third annual Stone Harbor Shiver polar plunge.

And after a difficult winter, participants in the parade and costume contest were happy to send the winter weather away.

After master of ceremonies Dan Skeldon gave his forecast, plungers returned to the shore with favorable reviews.

"Its amazing to go from snowing cold and wintry weather to spring and sunshine and 50 degrees like it is," said polar plunger Shelbi Gourniak.

 "And being at the beach and the ocean and this beautiful background its just incredible."

"This shouldn't even count as a shiver I mean come on," said shiver participant Don Bostrom.

"I grew up in Boston, this is the middle of summer, 40 degrees, perfect. I could work for the chamber of commerce and get people to down here instead of Miami for spring training, the Phillies should be playing here right now!"

Stone Harbor officials say the event has doubled in attendance each year since its creation and that this year's attendance was a result of the pleasant weather.

And while the 41-degree Atlantic wasn't too bad for humans and canines alike, some of the younger plungers had other thoughts

"It was cold for me, it was freezing cold," said Luke Stock.

"Its really, really cold and like lots of people, there legs were freezing," said Ella Stock.

So with the worst of the winter weather hopefully behind them, guests at the Stone Harbor Shiver were happy to enjoy some fun in the sun.

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