Visitors flock to Sarasota beaches for the holiday

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) The weather is warm enough that tourists and locals made it a beach day on Monday.

In Florida, you’d expect warmth this time of year, but not like what was experienced on Monday.

Tampa Bay faced near record temperatures this holiday and Chris Proch is not complaining.

“It’s awesome!” said Proch.

He and his family came down from Washington D.C. for just this very reason.

“It’s always nice to take pictures and show friends, we’re on the beach and its Christmastime, and like to rub it in a little bit,” said Proch.

He’s not alone. Visit Florida said during the holiday season last year, nearly 26 million people came to the Sunshine State.

Many arrived from Canada, the UK and northern states.  Even higher numbers are expected this year.

Sure, the view is nice, but you can’t please everybody.

“[I prefer] a cold Christmas,” said 5-year-old Julian Proch.

Visit Florida says some of the top states where visitors come from include New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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