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Usage Restriction: The beach portion of Sand Key Park is managed by the state DEP. Therefore, film permit applicants need to contact the state, explain what they plan to do and where, and then provide to DEP the list of equipment that will be brought onto the beach. FL DEP then has to approve the plan. A verbal OK is sufficient. Of course, if DEP has any issue, that must be addressed. DEP’s biggest concern is that sand dunes and beach vegetation are not damaged. Be sure to transport equipment using the boardwalks or other designated walking paths. No vehicles are allowed on the beach. As of 7/23/20, DEP contact is: Robert Rosbough Environmental Specialist II | ERP, NPDES, and CCCL Compliance Florida Department of Environmental Protection, SW District 13051 N Telecom Parkway, Suite 101, Temple Terrace, FL 33637 813-470-5731

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Sand Key Park

United States / Clearwater, Florida
Location ID: #10060954
This ninety-five acre Pinellas County park is located on Sand Key, a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida mainland. Clearwater Pass, leading from the Gulf to the Intracoastal waterway, separates the park from the popular resort area of Clearwater Beach. Sand Key park consists of two distinct areas — a beautiful white sandy beach and a large shaded park area. In the park proper are two picnic shelters with grills, a playground, restroom, and a dog park. Grills, picnic tables, and water fountains are but a few amenities. There are also three fishing piers that stretch out into Clearwater Pass. A salt marsh with viewing benches further enhances the park, where heron, roseate spoonbill, great horned owl, anhinga, and common moorhen nest and feed.

Sand Key Park houses the base of operations for the artificial reef program, an interdepartmental cooperation program to build a reef in the Gulf. Sand Key Park’s natural communities include a beach where sea turtles annually deposit eggs. The nearby Clearwater Aquarium takes responsibility for these nests and keeps statistics.
Park amenities include:
* concession area
* boardwalk, nature trail
* 2 beach wheel-chairs
* outdoor showers
* 2 bathhouses with separate changing stalls and restrooms
* ample parking (daily fee $5/vehicle paid via automated pay stations)
* dog park
* playground equipment
* restrooms
* 2 shelters & grills - Reserve Shelters Online
* umbrella/cabana rentals
* kayak and bicycle rentals

NOTE: Pinellas County provides lifeguards at designated swim areas from March to September (Labor Day). Hours of operation may vary due to staff availability and weather conditions. Check lifeguard towers for conditions and coverage. Be aware of conditions - swim at your own risk.


1060 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater, Florida 33767
County: Pinellas


St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission
8200 Bryan Dairy Road
Suite 200
Largo, FL 33777
Contact Phone: (727) 464-7241
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