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Aerial photo of Shell Key Island just south of Pass-a-Grille. LUIS SANTANA | Times

Something is killing Shell Key's nature preserve — but what is it?

ON SHELL KEY — Suzi Kinter picked her way down the white sandy beach, noting the stagnant, murky water pooled nearby. "The water here used to be crystal clear," she said. "You could see 10 feet down." Kinter stood in the middle of what had been Shell Key's northern channel. Now clogged with sand, the channel had be …