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In Case of Emergency on Shell Key


A friend recently told a harrowing tale about a medical emergency on Shell Key.  The rumor making its way down the beach was that a man had experienced a cardiac arrest at the north end of the island.  Later, it was clarified that the

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Shell Key Campfires Banned During Summer Nesting Season


Campfires on Shell Key will be prohibited during the May 1 – Sept. 30 Sea Turtle nesting season. This seasonal ban is intended to address the problem caused by light pollution on nesting and hatching sea turtles. It’s no secret that

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Scourge of the Sandspur


Florida natives are often surprised when we warn our northern visitors about sandspurs – and are met with blank stares or the innocent question: “What’s a Sandspur?”. ‘Sandspurs’ or ‘sandburs’ are a type of grass that produces many thorny and

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Navigating A Boat Around Shell Key


Learn how to navigate safely around Shell Key Florida. Boating in Shell Key Preserve is carefully regulated to protect sea beds and marine estuaries. Please observe all posted boundaries and no-wake zones… Before you go: The north and south ends of

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County Website & Camping Permits


Pinellas County’s website for Shell Key has been incorporated into the new Parks and Conservation Resources department’s website.  The camping permit page has also been updated.

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County rules on Shell Key


To steer clear of trouble on Shell Key, please be aware of the above listed rules.  The rules are enforced by the Pinellas County Sheriff with an aquatic unit called the ‘LIMA Unit.     The Sheriff patrols the island

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Autumn on Shell Key


Autumn on Shell Key marks the waning of the oppressive summer heat and the start of camping season. Usually preceded by gentle rain squalls, the cool air moves south in waves that are a week or so apart.    It moves

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It’s Springtime on Shell Key


Winter turns to Spring quickly on  Shell Key.  This time of year, the sun becomes warmer as its angle rises back toward it’s summer perch high in the sky.  Yet, the gulf water temperature will remain cool for a while

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It is a fact of human nature and public policy that a few bad apples can often ruin things for the rest of us. There is nothing more frustrating for responsible citizens than to find that their rights and privileges

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Still no charge for camping permits…

  Camping permits remain available free of charge from the county.  Check back here for updates.

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