Egmont Key has long suffered from erosion problems and much of the key has succumbed to the wave action. Erosion has swallowed about half of the island and sent some of the ruins to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The south end of the island became a National Wildlife Refuge in 1974 and this part of the key is closed to the public. In 1978 the area was added to the National Registry of Historic Places because of Fort Dade. Egmont Key became a state park in 2009.
A small boat named "Uncle Gabe" is moored to a post in smooth water. This photo was taken at the Spanish Point Historical Site in Osprey, Florida. The site was an early pioneer home stead that was inhabited in earlier days by Native Americans.
Clam Bayou is a small waterway in Gulf Port, Florida. There is a nature park along the bayou that serves as a perfect spot for kayaking, paddle boarding and bird watching. The park includes several boardwalks and observation platforms.
Even thick clouds can do little to lessen the attraction of the white sands of Egmont Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay on Florida's west coast. The fact that the key is only accessible by boat means fewer crowds.
Black and white view of some of the dunes along Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida. The dunes provide protection for the road and inland areas of the beach from high waves. The dunes have been built up and boardwalks provide access to the beach.
A couple pieces of driftwood sit alone on the white sands of Egmont Key. The white sand and aqua tones of the water are reminiscent of a tropical island. The Key, located in Tampa Bay is only accessible by boat meaning the beach is not as crowded as one might accept.
This giant pot was part of the power plant that once provided electricity to the island of Egmont Key along Florida's west coast. Age and erosive wave action have toppled the building onto the white sand of the beach.
Salt water intrusion caused by wave action that have eroded much of Egmont Key has killed thousands of trees including these palms. While I am sure the driftwood was placed here by human hands, the effect is breathtaking.
A tall masted sailboat is moored in calm water. Florida foliage visible in background. This photo of the "Lizzie G" was taken at Spanish Point Historic Site in Osprey Florida. As can be seen on the boat's stern, the boat is owned by the historic site.