My wife and I have lived in several places in FL for over 25 years and have visited almost every corner of the state from Key West to Destin. Since we had never been to PCB we decided to take our kids for a short 4 day vacation to visit. Of the 4 days we were there, the gulf was closed to swimming for 3 days. It was a little rough the 1st day we were there but we swam and had fun in the surf. After that it became calmer each day but swimming was prohibited. The last day we left early and the surf was probably less than 1 foot but the water was still closed. Ridiculous - airplanes with banners telling people to stay out of the water, beach patrols chasing people out, even helicopters hovering over anybody that dared to cool off waist deep. It is not a matter of keeping people safe - other areas approach this differently - in fact, on the front page of today's Orlando Sentinel was an article about rough surf and rip current at Daytona Beach, 20 people rescued over the weekend but the beaches remain open, with the appropriate warnings to the public. We will never return to this area.