Our mission is to preserve and protect Florida's Cayo Costa State Park's south beach at the park's most vulnerable and environmentally sensitive area known as "the Narrows". We implore the Department of Environmental Protection/Division of Recreation and Parks to immediately cease all commercial activities at the south dock reducing human impacts to the park’s fragile resources. KEEP READING!
Cayo Costa is about 9 miles long and as wide as 1 mile on the north end but just about 450' wide at "the narrows" where the state has continued to allow private commercial activities since 2016.
THE SOUTH END OF CAYO COSTA STATE PARK IS UNDER PRESSURE AND MUST BE PROTECTED
SAVE CAYO COSTA recognizes the importance of protecting Florida's largest and most unique barrier island, a jewel among Florida's 175 state parks. The island is vital to the protection of the Charlotte Harbor Estuarine System, Pine Island Island and mainland areas. The very nature of its dynamic configuration demonstrates it is ever changing and fragile.
Cayo Costa is the largest undisturbed barrier island in Florida and remains intact because of the remote/bridgeless nature of the land. It is under constant pressure from storms, hurricanes, climate change and negative human impacts.
The “NARROWS”, the small spit that forms the fragile south end, has undergone intense pressure since Hurricane Charley hit it directly on August 13, 2004. The “south dock” site is the exact location where Charley came on shore with 150+ mph winds destroying all the mangroves, vegetative canopies, dune vegetation and wildlife habitat for the wildlife which have struggled to come back .
HUMAN IMPACTS CAN BE CONTROLLED WITH PROPER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT