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The Phillie Phanatic Receives Key to the City of Clearwater, Fla.

March 6, 2012

NEW YORK, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team’s return to Clearwater, Fla. for spring training, Mayor George N. Cretekos presented the key to the City of Clearwater to Philadelphia’s favorite mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. The Phillies have called this beach town their second home since 1947 and the city proudly welcomed them back for the 66th year.

Fans converged at Bright House Field to cheer on their favorite team in their spring training opener against the Yankees on March 3. This year the Phillie Phanatic joined the celebration on a fun-filled tour of Clearwater.

“The Phillie Phanatic has been exciting Phillies fans throughout the country for years. We in Clearwater are pleased to welcome him back and to help him relax and train before the start of another successful Phillies season,” said Clearwater Mayor, George N. Cretekos.

During his stay, the Phanatic visited local spots such as Frenchy’s Rockaway, Lenny’s Restaurant, and the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill and Bar. He set sail on Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise and rode the Clearwater Jolley Trolley down the Beach Walk to Captain Bligh’s Landing Miniature Golf.

The Phillie Phanatic enjoyed Clearwater’s white sandy beaches, playgrounds, and a Segway journey down the Beach Walk provided by Segway Adventure. At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, sharks, otters, turtles, and Winter, Clearwater’s favorite dolphin, met the Phanatic. His escapades can be seen here and at www.youtube.com/user/MyClearwaterFL.

Bright House Field has played host to game-time excitement since completion in 2004 and features 7,300 fixed seats. The field houses a tiki hut pavilion, group picnic areas, party suites, club seats, a play area, and team store.

More information about Clearwater is available online at www.visitclearwaterflorida.com. Further details about the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team and schedule can be found at www.mlb.com.

About Clearwater

Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. www.visitclearwaterflorida.com

Gabriele Klink

SOURCE Clearwater, Fla.

Source: PR Newswire