bonfire on beach near Longboat Key, FL

Old Sep 30th, 2010, 07:49 AM
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bonfire on beach near Longboat Key, FL

Hey you geniuses,

We're staying on Longboat Key in Florida for 8 days the last week of October and would love to have a bonfire on the beach, but according to Longboat Key's website, no fires are allowed. Does anyone know of nearby beaches where bonfires are permissible?

Thanks!
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Old Sep 30th, 2010, 09:39 AM
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Well, you are in the Keys, not the California Coast. Who needs a fire when it is 80 degrees ?
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Old Sep 30th, 2010, 10:41 AM
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Longboat Key isn't in the Keys. It's near Tampa and Sarasota. The average lows in late October is in the low 60's... perfect for a bonfire for us!
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I've never seen a bonfire on any beach in Sarasota. Did a little research, and it appears you must obtain a permit, and the permits are only available to recognized groups such as schools, scouts, church, etc.
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Thinking further north and south along the Gulf Coast, my guess is that this might be pretty much the same everywhere. These are pretty manicured as beaches go, and I doubt they would let you mess them up with a bonfire. Maybe on Sanibel?
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Old Oct 1st, 2010, 07:32 AM
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Thanks... I guess beach bonfires are a Pacific Coast thing? (which we did a year ago in Monterey, CA)

Couldn't find any info about a bonfire on Sanibel either.

Maybe we could start a new trend?!
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To really mess up the beaches? Beautiful sand?
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Smoking isn't allowed on beaches in Sarasota so bonfires surely aren't.
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Old Oct 1st, 2010, 04:46 PM
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No, of course we wouldn't want to "really mess up the beaches."

We'll save our beach fires for California and Oregon.
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