This is the first for the year. Meet 9 am at the TierraVerde Marina. Take food, drinks, sun protection on the boat. Sailors have known this sandbar since the first sailing ships entered Tampa Bay. It has its name by the way it behaved. Over the years this sand bar has disappeared and reappeared sometimes long enough to have trees on it, only to be gone again with the next passing storm. Today the state parks have claimed it as a bird sanctuary.
Passage Key — a landmark for early Spanish and British explorers and long known as a destination for nudists — is a national wildlife refuge turning years old in October. Passage Key consisted of 60 acres of lush vegetation, mangroves and a fresh-water lake at the dawn of the 20th century. Garner is an officer with the U. In , the FWS announced 4 acres had surfaced after about 10 years underwater following hurricanes passing in through the Gulf of Mexico in and Nonetheless, Passage Key is a nationally protected area for shorebirds, which means no walking is permitted on the sand, Garner said.
What was once a small sand island that would disappear at high tide has recently last couple of years become a beautiful exposed sand island with some new growth vegetation. It still is the popular place for boaters that opt for a clothing optional why it's called Naked Island area for socializing. Although you now must keep off the sand island and be in at least ankle deep water at all times.