In coastal towns and cities of Florida's coasts signs such as this are common although newer signs do not specify that the route is for hurricane evacuation.
This particular sign was in Gulf Port, Florida.
Oh to be young once again. Those carefree days when a sign saying "no" means yes. This was taken on a very warm June day in Anna Maria. In her defense the sign does say "NO DIVING". Nothing about jumping.
This little beach is at the end of the Port Canaveral Barge Canal, a waterway used by cargo and cruise ships as well as naval vessels. Perched along the fringes of an air force base, this is not a public 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.
Black and white view of a beach at the end of the Canaveral Barge Canal on the west coast of Florida. Located on the fringe of an air force base, this beach is not public. The Barge canal serves port Canaveral.
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.
As hurricanes spin they create "feeder bands", long strings of stormy weather that bring moisture into the storm. These bands can create tornadoes, high winds and heavy rains as they stream overhead. This is one rain storm caused by Hurricane Gustav in 2008 offshore of Venice, Florida.
Ruins of the Fort Dade power plant on Egmont Key ravaged by waves eroding the island. The 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.
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.
Fishermen and tourists alike flock to the Anna Maria pier year round. The pier features a restaurant with a great view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Egrets, herons, pelicans and seagulls flock to the pier as well.
Hurricane Sandy never made landfall in the state of Florida, staying well offshore the state's east coast. Still, the massive storm raised high winds and waves on Florida's west coast as it moved northward along the east coast. Here a lone gull avoids the waves crashing over the jetty in Venice, Florida.
Several days of heavy rain turned parts of Fort Dade on Florida's Egmont Key into a reflective pool. During the Spanish American War Fort Dade was built to offer protection for Tampa Bay. Over seventy buildings were built turning the island into a tiny city including a hospital, theater and school. The island even had sewer, electric and telephone service. The fort was active until 1923. Today just the sidewalks and building foundations remain although sections of the fort still stand and are open to the public.
In August of 2008 Hurricane Gustav moved past Venice Florida. While The category 2 storm never made landfall in Florida, the high winds and waves caused damage up and down Florida's west coast.
In Venice the waves crashed over the jetty's protecting the Venice Inlet. Here a girl sits on a bench seemingly unaware of the waves crashing behind her.
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.