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Population in July 2007: 1,491
Elevation: 7 feet
Land area: 2.13 square miles
Latitude: 26.75 N, Longitude: 82.26 W
Area code: 941

Gasparilla Island is one of the best places to shell in Florida. In the winter months storms wash up many treasures onto the beachs. Beach combers are likely to find many species including Sharks Eye Snails, Lightning Whelks, Florida Horse conchs, Fight Conchs, Alphabet Cone, Florida Cones, Lettered Olives, True and Banded Tulips various scallop and other bivalve, along with Sand Dollars, Star Fish and once on a while a Sea Horse. The lucky few will bring home the much prized Junonia, Scotch Bonnet or Lions Paw. After hurricanes many large (24") Horse Conchs and Lightning Whelks can be found washed up on beach or out on the sand bars. The best time to go out is during the low tides, when more of the beach is exposed.

The bay offers a great chance to view live specimens. Take a walk on the sandbars or mudflats and you will find assorted sizes of Lightning Whelks and Horse Conches crawling around, but remember it is illegal to take live specimens.

Travelers need more than sunscreen to protect themselves this summer
The summer travel season is here with high expectations for fun and lasting memories, but vacations can turn into nightmares as travelers try to unravel the damages of identity theft.

Money-Saving Tips for Booking Florida Beach Hotels
Travelers sometimes don't realize by following a few guidelines they can save big on their hotel stay – often scoring 4- or 5-star hotels at 2-star prices.

Few motorists aware of Florida law to stop at crosswalks with signs
At a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection or a crosswalk that is marked mid-block, regulations mandate that drivers must yield right-of-way to pedestrians. -

TripAdvisor Travelers' waterside code of conduct
The world’s largest travel site, has announced the results of its annual beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 1,400 U.S. travelers.

On-Line Beach Access Guide
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Management Program has launch its coastal access guide. The interactive website allows users to locate beach access points and additional information such as restrooms, picnic tables and lifeguard availability statewide. -

Common Sense Swimming Rules
Swim within the "Safe Bathing Areas", if marked, at all times.
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Welcome to Cayo Costa State Park
With nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps, this barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise.

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