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Questions and Comments

Article: Questions & Comments
90 comments on “Questions & Comments
  1. Don says:

    Hi Jack,
    What is the best area of Shell Key for shelling? Also we have our own kayaks so where would be a good place to launch them and how long is the paddle to get to shelling areas?
    Thanks, Don

  2. Kerie says:

    We are taking a trip to the area in October 2018. The cost of taking the shuttle is a bit too much money for us. Our main objective is to take the kids someplace to collect seashells. Is there really a difference in shelling at shell key vs shelling north beach of fort de soto?
    Or do you have any other recommendations for amazing shelling in the area? Perhaps Honeymoon? I appreciate any advice you can give me. Kids are young and therefore renting kayaks are probably a no go with (ages 9, 6, and 3)

    • Jack Coletti says:

      Hi Kerie,

      Shell Key might be a little better than Ft. Desoto North Beach – only because there are fewer people on the island. However, I’m sure you can have a great time with the family on Ft. Desoto as well. Shelling is probably best toward the end of winter, but you can still find great stuff in October. Egmont Key would also be a good choice, but the shuttle would probably cost about the same as Shell Key. Ft. Desoto has a lot of sparsely populated beachfront – so I think there would be plenty of nice shells for you.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Susan Flaherty says:

    Hey, we would like to camp for 2 nights, and bring a paddle board and kayak. We don’t own a boat, but would this be doable with one of the shuttles? (To bring the tents, bucket for waste, some firewood, cooler, etc.).

  4. dave u says:

    how is the section by Bunts pass. we hear the sea oats are gone after the storm and is not ready for camping.. we were going to take the kids there Oct 28 and 29th… any info on conditions would be appreciated.

    • Jack Coletti says:

      Hi Dave,

      As I understand it, the only issue caused by the storm was a partial closing of the southern pass – however, that pass (leading to the inside of the island) did reopen naturally after a few days. The sea oats are a perennial grass, and will come back naturally by spring. There should be no problem camping anywhere in the south public use area. Now is a beautiful time of year to camp.

      Hope this helps,

  5. Stephanie says:

    I am interested in going to this beach, I understand that I can only get there by ferry? How much does it cost? Is their a parking fee for my car? Can I spend the whole day there or is their a ferry schedule I would have to follow? If so, what is the schedule?

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