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Rusty Chinnis navigates his boat from the northern bayside shore of Longboat Key to Sister Keys

Sister Keys a Longboat treasure, resident says

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 |

Rusty Chinnis navigates his boat from the northern bayside shore of Longboat Key to Sister Keys

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Chinnis has been surveying Sister Keys for at least two decades.

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 |

Chinnis has been surveying Sister Keys for at least two decades.

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Wetlands on Sister Keys provide habitat to all kinds of sea life.

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 |

Wetlands on Sister Keys provide habitat to all kinds of sea life.

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The wetlands on sister keys were designed rather than made naturally, Chinnis said.

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 |

The wetlands on sister keys were designed rather than made naturally, Chinnis said.

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Sister Keys is populated by nothing but native plants, as all the invasive species were removed years ago.

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 |

Sister Keys is populated by nothing but native plants, as all the invasive species were removed years ago.

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"Not many places i know of are like this," Chinnis said.

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 |

"Not many places i know of are like this," Chinnis said.

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Chinnis takes his boat, Gadget, out at least a few times a week.

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Chinnis takes his boat, Gadget, out at least a few times a week.

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Narrow channels separate the four Sister Keys, two of which were man made.

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Narrow channels separate the four Sister Keys, two of which were man made.

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The highlands of Sister Keys were formed by dredged material being dumped there.

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 |

The highlands of Sister Keys were formed by dredged material being dumped there.

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