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Parking is limited to about 30 parallel spots on North Shore Road.

Walk in the Park: Heading to the beach

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Parking is limited to about 30 parallel spots on North Shore Road.

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The beach at the end of North Shore Road.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

The beach at the end of North Shore Road.

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Walking north from the public beach leads to a thicket of mangroves at the high tide water line.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Walking north from the public beach leads to a thicket of mangroves at the high tide water line.

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Mangroves and other trees along the beach.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Mangroves and other trees along the beach.

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A lagoon is formed just steps from the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

A lagoon is formed just steps from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Two sand-saving groins were built years ago.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Two sand-saving groins were built years ago.

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The north facing beach along Longboat Pass is a favorite for beach-going boaters.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

The north facing beach along Longboat Pass is a favorite for beach-going boaters.

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At the west end of North Shore Road.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

At the west end of North Shore Road.

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Private property is nearby, so signs help direct visitors to the public beach.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Private property is nearby, so signs help direct visitors to the public beach.

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Follow the signs.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Follow the signs.

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Turtle nests are marked and roped off.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Turtle nests are marked and roped off.

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A path through the vegetation leads to the north end of the beach.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

A path through the vegetation leads to the north end of the beach.

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Odd and stark scenes are common around the north end of the island.

Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019 |

Odd and stark scenes are common around the north end of the island.

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