Shifting sands and isolated islands are two of our favorite things here at FloridaBeachInsider.com, so news about shifting sands at an isolated island — Shell Key, in this case — really floats our boat (so to speak).
Hurricane Irma took a big swipe at Shell Key in October 2017. The giant storm literally tore through the island, opening up a new pass right in the middle of the key.
That's actually good news, because the nature preserve used to have a pass, but it filled up a couple of years ago, which was a problem in and of itself.
Tampa Bay Times reporter Craig Pittman took a boat out to Shell Key (which last we visited as a camping destination) to see what wasn't there:
For more information about Shell Key Preserve, check out the Pinellas County website here.