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A floating bar finds a new home on the aptly named Beer Can Island near Apollo Beach

One thing to keep in mind while exploring the coast: A boat can take you to the strangest of beaches.

The owners of a floating bar faced complaints from neighbors about the noise, so they found a deal on an entire island between Apollo Beach and MacDill Air Force Base.

From Tampa Bay Times staff writer Paul Guzzo:

Four partners in a tennis court-sized floating bar called Tiki Bay Island went looking for some waterfront property where they could anchor the portable business. They ended up with a whole island, for what some might consider a bargain price — $63,650. Of course, it has no roads or drinking water and they’re required to allow the previous owner to continue dumping sand there from dredging operations. Still, they have grand plans. “It’s crazy, isn’t it?” said Russell Loomis, partners with Cole Weaver, James West and John Anthony Gadd. “We went from owning a floating tiki bar to an entire island.” If you’re a boater in Tampa Bay, you might have visited the island before. Located between Apollo Beach and MacDill Air Force Base, it’s known on maps as Pine Key — 7 acres shaped like an apostrophe with sandy beaches surrounding a center of largely invasive trees and undergrowth. But local boaters know it better as Beer Can Island, where adults have enjoyed cocktails, children have frolicked in the sand, and families have camped after dusk for decades. The former owners took a hands-off approach, so trouble sometimes arose when alcohol flowed freely and no one worried about the rules. The new owners promise to keep it free while adding a few touches for safety. “Everyone will be still be welcome,” said Loomis, 42, a software developer from St. Petersburg. “We’re not changing that.”

Read the entire story here. For the record, I vote for keeping the name Beer Can Island.

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