And the Top Ten U.S. Beaches—Number One is Siesta Beach on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida: Every year, Dr. Beach, also known as Stephen P. Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami, seeks out beaches with the softest sand, cleanest shores, clearest water, best environmental records, safest shores and other criteria.
Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla. has “the finest, whitest sand in the world,” according to the Dr. Beach website. Actually it’s powdered quartz that has been deposited on the Siesta Key beach on Florida’s gulf side. It last held the No. 1 spot in 2011 and came in at No. 2 in 2016.
Notes about Dr. Beach: Stephen Parker Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, (born Nov. 6, 1947) is an American geoscientist, coastal ecologist, and author. He was the first director of the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University from 1997 to 2009. He then became professor and co-director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at FIU. Leatherman earned his Ph.D. in environmental (coastal) sciences from the University of Virginia in 1973. His annual Top 10 Beaches has become an annual news media event in the USA.
NOTE: The Inbound Report will not be published next week; we’ll be in Washington, D.C., covering IPW. Our next publishing date is June 15th.