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Keewaydin Island, Marco Island
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Keewaydin Island is a primary barrier island located off the coast of Naples, in Collier County, Florida, United States. It is managed by the State of Florida's Coastal Office, in cooperation with NOAA, within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Keewaydin Island is monitored nightly for Loggerhead turtle nesting activity by The Conservancy of Southwest Florida.The Keewaydin Island shoreline has been mapped annually since 1997 in an effort to document shoreline change. The shoreline is also mapped after significant storm events. Mapping is done by collecting Global Positioning System locations along the dune-line and then downloaded using Geographic information system software.Keewaydin Island was once a part of the Keewaydin Camps Ltd. corporation. Originally, the island was named Kee Island, and once the Keewaydin Camps had a presence here, it became known as Keewaydin Island. The island is currently about 85% public property and 15% private. Approximately 50 private lots and 15 private homes dot the island, mostly on the south side of the island.Keewaydin Island is a unique barrier island in Florida that has no cars, roads, or bridges. It had a history of being the next developable barrier island, after Marco Island to the south was developed in the 50's and 60's and onward. During the late 50's and early 60's when the government was planning a road and bridge out to the island, 1,000 local residents signed a petition to stop the road and any future commercial development. They wanted to avoid the pattern on barrier islands at the time, such as Fort Myers Beach, where local residents were 85% against dense development, but zoning laws and large property owners held sway. In fact, high density high rise structures line the shores on most barrier islands in Florida, except notable places like Keewaydin, where the environmentalist movement finally got enough momentum to stop the bridge to the island. So locals and visitors can relish the experience of a visit to a pristine barrier island and its ecosystem. Wildlife abounds and the island protects one of the largest and most important reserves called Rookery Bay.
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  • Oh my goodness. You won't be disappointed. Rent a pontoon for the day and experience the real treasure of a GORGEOUS and quiet beach. Try the fish tacos from the little food "truck"/boat, too. An abso...  more »
  • Keewadin Island is a fun destination for a day trip. It is only accessible by boat. Rentals are available on Marco Island. Anchor your boat on the shore and join the party like atmosphere .Food and dr...  more »
  • This is a wonderful side trip accessible only by boat. The island is beautiful and a great place to pull the boat up and spend a little time whether that be fishing or a picnic or other.