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Date Posted:09/05/2007 07:02:00Copy HTML

Tell us your best visit this summer to Fort De Soto Beach!!! Mine happens to be most everytime I go as I leave behind all my worries and just relax and get some down time. I was out today (Wednesday Sept 5th) and the beach was a beautiful as ever, several guys (10+) all sunning and walking the beach, tide was going out so the beach was wide open and very shallow water, great for laying in the water and tanning. As most times lately I had on my Skinz Roman Tan-Thru and did I get a great tan today. I walked to the very north end were the beach water drains from the small bay, so several tanners along the way and enjoyed the heat on my bod. Walkding back the rangere drove by and waved, funny I only saw them once today. See ya soon at the Fort!G
JM_Runs #1

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/05/2007 07:02:01Copy HTML

Tell us your best visit this summer to Fort De Soto Beach!!!  Mine happens to be most everytime I go as I leave behind all my worries and just relax and get some down time.  I was out today (Wednesday Sept 5th) and the beach was a beautiful as ever, several guys (10+) all sunning and walking the beach, tide was going out so the beach was wide open and very shallow water, great for laying in the water and tanning.  As most times lately I had on my Skinz Roman Tan-Thru and did I get a great tan today.  I walked to the very north end were the beach water drains from the small bay, so several tanners along the way and enjoyed the heat on my bod.  Walkding back the rangere drove by and waved, funny I only saw them once today. See ya soon at the Fort!



grnngold93 #2

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/06/2007 10:54:44Copy HTML

Just to let everyone know what is going out at the Fort. We were out Sunday and they are in the process of getting rid of all of those beautiful Australian Pine trees located between the road abd the beach. They had completed cut down 3 and had 4 or 5 more started when we got there. They were not working Sunday but I but they took down a lot more starting Tuesday. We loved those trees because they whistled when the wind went htrough them. 

Remember when they roped off so much beach for nesting birds? Wonder where the birds that nested in these trees are suppose to go now?

Beachfolks - We are missing your smiling face out there. It has been really hot and humid.  Hope to see you and the misses either in the fall or spring.

JM_Runs #3

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/06/2007 11:36:49Copy HTML

Australian Pine trees are not native.  There is a big move in the state park service to get rid of them because they take over the local stuff.  Unfortunatly the local stuff they put back in it's place is often just scrub and scrub palms. 

Still it may be good to get rid of the trees, they are very invasive.  But on the other hand they do seem to be resiliant to salt water and do help to bind together fragile cost lines. 

There has been a move to plant coconut trees on the city beaches here.  You can get small ones at low cost.  How about starting a drive to plant them on the beach?  You could do it officaly or just put down a group of half a dozen, put stakes around and a tape to keep people off them.  The park workers would probalby think that it was an offical planting.  In a couple of years they will give you shade, and in a couple more you can sling a hamock under them.

You can make a good argument that coconuts are good to help stop erosion.  The roots help bind the sand.  If there is a large swell from a stom the trees break up the waves.  If it gets real bad some trees may fall cross ways and help to break up the waves. 

Scrub pams (Palmoeto Palms) have bad shade and are dirty trees.  They don't shead their fonds and they become rat houses.  Try to get coconuts planted.  Just do a few your self.  If a lot of you do it you will have a coconut grove. 

There are quite a few vrieties of coconut pam.  The Maypan starts to produce nuts that can be planted in only three to four years.  By that time it is twice as tall as you.   The clasic Jamaca tall is very salt resistant and is exclent at holding sand together since it has a wide fibrous root system.  The Jamaca will take 5 to six years before it bares coconuts but it will continue growing for longer than a human life time and can get 85 foot tall.  That's tall. 

If you get trees that are just started from the nut they will be small and easy to conseal.  YOu can bring them an a shopping bag.  Bigger tress may take more planning to put in, but will give you shade a year or two sooner.  

Just make sure they are not planning to put in grass and bbq stands.  One way that parks have attempted to 'reform' thonger beaches is by turning them into open vistas full of family pickick tables, rental pavilions and bbq stands.


beachfolks #4

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/06/2007 03:34:21Copy HTML

The "Florida native" arguement is a scam. Nothing on God's earth is "native" to a location, it just grows where a seed happens to land and the conditions are suitable for growth. If the Pinellas park management mean present during the slice in time when the Spaniards arrived, I'll concede that. I could go along with the theory if the Australian Pine trees were replaced with ANY vegetation, but I have NEVER seen any tree planted at a Pinellas park other then the decorative trees along the boulevard, and lots of the trees they chop down are in areas which are soon reclaimed by the sea either by cause or effect.
gulfscuba #5

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/06/2007 05:46:52Copy HTML

Coconut palms wouldn't last one winter up here, we have too much cold for them to survive.

The Australian pines are beautiful and hardy trees but they are invasive and threaten other plants and property.
JM_Runs #6

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/07/2007 06:10:35Copy HTML

Don't under rate coconut palms. They are hardy.  They even have some growing in the south of England. Fort De Soto is only 100 miles to the north of me.  You get basicly the same weather we do. 

Wikipeda says "Coconut palms will grow from Bradenton southwards on Florida's west coast and Melbourne southwards on Florida's east coast. The occasional coconut palm is seen north of these areas in favored microclimates in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area and around Cape Canaveral."

Wikipedia is wrong in one aspect:  There are variations in the coconut genus.  I suspect some are more hardy than others.  There is also a large number of other palm trees that at first glance look similar and that provide reletivly clean and dappled shade.  Some are salt water resistant, although to my knowlage none are as salt resistant as the cocount palms. The best text on the subject that I know of is "Betrock's guide to Palms".  (There are a couple of versions,  you want one of the the palm spicific ones. There is also a guide to landscape palms that is similar, if not as detailed). 

Growing them from the nut, instead of from a small tree, would probably make sure they will adapt well to the local soil.  On the other hand, if they are allready well started, young trees my grow faster and it is less likley that kids will find them and uproot them.

beachfolks #7

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/07/2007 07:17:47Copy HTML

We have lots of big size coconut palms here in StPetersburg FL. They survive well and are rated OK this far north, the only problem is what to do with the coconuts they produce in the treetops. Most people have their trees trimmed yearly so the trimmers just take the coconuts off. Problem solved.
V-String #8

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:09/15/2007 12:04:57Copy HTML

I was out at the Fort yesterday. A beautiful day. Not alot of walkers and with the tide low the whole beach was wide open. I wore my smallest suit, white pouch with coral string which gave me a maxium tan. I walked up to the North end a few times and saw about a dozen other thongers including 3 women. Even the birds were out, lining up along the shore as you walked the beach. Only saw the rangers twice which happened as I arrived and then when I was leaving. All in all, another perfect day at the Fort.


beachfolks #9

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:10/07/2007 10:18:31Copy HTML

Another windy, but beautiful day at the Fort until clouds came over with thunder at 4:30PM. Lots of thongers. The ranger came by 2 times in the afternoon. I was face down wearing a Baggie in the middle of the beach, and they didn't even slow down- don't think they even saw us there with our umbrella down.
runningbear #10

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:10/11/2007 07:05:12Copy HTML

Beautiful day Thursday. Light breeze off the water. Water temp. has dropped to 82 degrees. A few thongers, no beach patrols, very few walkers. The beach has been raked for seaweed and the sand is nice. Enjoy.
grnngold93 #11

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:10/21/2007 09:04:42Copy HTML

Will be interesting to see how the beach  area changes over the next year. With some of the trees coming down along the road and the removing of one access road for the rangers.  Not sure where the dirt came from that they spread on the access road. It is full of garbage. Guess they will be transplanting some sea oates into that area. Will be nice for habitat area but makes the walk a little longer. This longer walk may cause some of the thongers to stay further south.  Not sure the textilers ( those that wear shorts past their knees or a one piece that covers more than a wedding dress) will accept this movement. Over the winter months all will stay calm. Come next March and April I bet the story will not be the same. 

We have had some wonderful times out at the Fort. I have to say the best for us was one Saturday this year. I think it was in June. It was a beautiful day with a slight breeze and calm warm water. By about 4pm the foot traffic slowed down and we were able to enjoy the peace and quite while having some cheese and crackers. We  watched the Carnival cruise ship heading out for a fun week at sea.  We stayed and saw a beautiful sunset and then packed up and came home. There is nothing better than enjoying a wonderful thonging day ( maybe even no tanlines) at fort desoto with great friendly people. Some are regulars you see a lot of and talk family things and then you also get to meet the people that are down for vacation.  Even with all the problems of insurance and property taxes along with lower wages it is worth the sacrafice to me to enjoy this area. My wife and I are both native Floridians and just could not see living outside this area. I spent 2 years in Idaho and more time around the southeast so I have experienced some areas. We have also traveled to quite a few areas. But it is hard to think about leaving a picture postcard beach area like fort desoto.

beachfolks #12

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:10/21/2007 09:47:28Copy HTML

We just came back home from a great but cloudy day thonging on the Fort end of the same beach. The south/fort end beach is a bit more bug free now and closer. On the days we go further north we are finding that the walk up the beach to your location is not much further than parking further north and walking straight through and a lot fewer bugs.
beachfolks #13

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:10/31/2007 06:40:07Copy HTML

We tanned all day after being driven off some days due to rain and flies. To get out of the wind, we went south of the Fort on the tip of the beach
skinzthong #14

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:10/31/2007 07:39:41Copy HTML

Thursday should also be windy...then fantastic for the weekend if the remnants of the tropical storm will not mess up the forecast.  Up here in Mexico Beach in the panhandle where the weather broke today, going to pop their eyes out in a thong tomorrow here and on St George Island (nude there also) then come on back down to the Fort for fantastic Friday and the weekend....should be pent up demand after a week of bad and windy weather.  

Enjoyed thongs and less at the Fort on Monday, Tuesday was a washout.

beachfolks #15

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:11/02/2007 09:11:49Copy HTML

We were driven out by flies South of the fort along the seawall Thursday. Today(Friday) the sun was out with a lot of wind, so we tried out mid-beach north of the Fort for a really nice day wherever you could find shelter from the wind. This weekend weather looks like ideal for the beach through Tuesday. It's still summer here.
Ex_Member #16

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/02/2008 02:20:37Copy HTML

New year of hitting the beach in fashion with my suits from Skinz! I am looking forward to sunny warm days at the Fort, currently getting the body in to fit shape for the season after enjoying way to much food for Christmas.  See you all at the Fort when warmer temps are back. G
beachfolks #17

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/03/2008 06:35:06Copy HTML

There won't be any more replys concerning DeSoto until it warms up, possibly Saturday
beachfolks #18

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/07/2008 03:52:54Copy HTML

Today was in the high 70's, low wind and great beaching at DeSoto. Lots of people with minimal swimwear south of the North beach inlet. the Ranger came around a lot.
NativeNude #19

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/07/2008 10:45:30Copy HTML

Always nice to hear of Florida places that the control freaks have not screwed up. They seem to want  to force a return of the swim wear of the early 1900's !
Ex_Member #20

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/07/2008 01:23:15Copy HTML

With temps in the 80's all this week, just might get an early start on my g-sting tan lines!!!:):):) G
beachfolks #21

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/10/2008 12:56:28Copy HTML

We've had 4 great warm sunny tanning days at DeSoto. Not much traffic though a few thongers and nude present every day. I've worn a baggie all day every day with no problems, even walking through the fort one slow day in a baggie, but mostly coverup with an extra small Skinz Roman to walk through the fort or more traffic areas.  Near nude beach walking is really great.
Ex_Member #22

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/11/2008 03:15:55Copy HTML

The Fort was nice on Thursday as we had some nice temps but really miss the warn hot sunny days and warmer water temps.  The Gulf is much to chilly for entering this time of year.  I saw a few baggie suits at the beach and beachfolks you must have been one of them.  I am so surprised that you walked all the way down the beach to the Fort with just a baggie on, that is pushing the envelope to getting some mom upset and the next thing we have the County stepping in and have our rights to wear thongs and g-strings taken away.  I wear a skinz roman which does not cover up much more than your baggie but at least from behind I don't look fully nude. You mentioned you have a roman as well, then at least were it when walking near families near the Fort.  We pretty well say the north end of the beach is for minimul swim attire (Thongs, G-strings, Baggie & nude at times) but at the southern end were the Fort and concession is are family areas which won't take long for someone to stur up trouble for the rest of us.  Maybe in the summer when the snow birds are gone and we have the beach back to ourselves.  JUST MY TWO CENTS, You do want you want! G
beachfolks #23

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/11/2008 03:23:19Copy HTML

Ski-I thought i was being conservative by not walking the north part of the beach where the families are in my Roman gstring. We had almost no families at the south end and Fort.
Ex_Member #24

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/11/2008 01:34:46Copy HTML

BF- I am talking about the North end of west beach at the tree line.  Were the Fort, concession and bike rental is seems to have tourist and families this time of year, more so than after April when they all leave for the North.  Has the ranger or sherrif ever commented on your baggie suit? I assume not since you have walked all the way to the Fort and back.  Do you actually walk thru the Fort past the concession and near the west fishing pier?  I have only walked to the concession area in my Roman and that was last summer on a week day late afternoon and only a few people around. I usually stay near mid beach especially this time of year. G
beachfolks #25

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/11/2008 02:48:10Copy HTML

Most quiet days I walk from the inlet down to the wooden walkway w of the fort, past the fishing pier concession stand, then along the seawall to the dog beach and back. Often returning through the fort or across the top of the fort. I usually but not always put on my little XS Roman as a coverup in the fort area. Sometimes i walk with my wife accompaning me. I've talked with the concession man and met the deputies at the Fort with no comment about my gstring.  Most days I only wear a baggie along the beach, but am careful not to walk when the beach is crowded with playing children.See the post histories on this website about ranger and sheriff contacts. Except for one ranger who harasses me and everyone else, they conclude my baggies meet the Pinellas ordinance. 
Ex_Member #26

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/14/2008 02:42:29Copy HTML

I will have to explore further down the beach.  I have in the past taken up camp east of the sea wall before the dog park on the southwest corner of the island but I have not been on that part in some years.  What is the beach like on the Northwest section of beach past the public beach.  Another area that use to be roped off in the dunes area.  Any fellow thonger and g'rs still go to that part of the beach.G
treasureisland #27

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/18/2008 01:26:23Copy HTML

I would like to have any updates about thonging at the Fort.  If you go to the North Beach, is there anyway to park your vehicle outside the parking lot to the right, as I have a diabetic condition, and to bring supplies. I have it under control, but if it gets too hot my tests are not accurate. Would like to be able to be closer to the area by the sign that says no nude bathing.. Thanks
beachfolks #28

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/18/2008 04:22:17Copy HTML

To park close to the beach, just park along the roadway north of the Fort at the first concrete bench. It is a very short walk to the beach from the bench, and some beachgoers wear thongs nearly anywhere between the Fort north to the inlet at North beach.  When we don't want to walk, we just sun in our tiny swimwear at the closest beach space.  Often, some wear thongs when sunning right in front of the fort and I have no hesitation to walk there in tiny swimwear.More beachgoers with smaller swimwear seem congregate farther north, so you can walk north along the beach to where you feel comfortable.  I also understand there are still some people wearing thongs at the far north end of North Beach, but that's a hike and we haven't been there in a while.
beachfolks #29

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/21/2008 03:00:12Copy HTML

The weather report shows 10 more cold days of Florida winter through the end of January. Too cold for beaching at Desoto.
Ex_Member #30

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/23/2008 01:53:17Copy HTML

So the North Beach area is still getting thong bathers around the North Point?  I use to go there for many years, I just liked the area.  You had your walkers but the corner point had great areas to lay out.  The dunes area was taken over by gays which drew alot of attention from the sheriff which led to the closing of the dunes for tanning.  I use to lay out atop the dunes in the grass area which had not only great views but the summer sea breeze made the heat less intense.G
Beachlover492000 #31

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:01/24/2008 02:42:47Copy HTML

Sea fog has gotten to be problem as Ft. DeSoto as well. It ocurrs when warm humid air comes in contact with the cool Gulf water. Right now the Gulf is down to 58 degress, which really cool for that body of water. Sea fog can really ruin your beach day. It can be bright, warm and sunny, and then 15 minutes later it can be so dense you can't see 10 feet in front of you.
artas5 #32

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/02/2008 01:55:26Copy HTML

going to be staying near the park for the first time this Valentines (our 10th anniv) . We are looking foward to some quality thong time but we are wondering exactly where (i mean explicitly never been there ) directions to thong safe areas in the park.    Any help is appriciated
beachfolks #33

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/02/2008 03:46:49Copy HTML

Sorry to miss you Artis, We'll be away at that time, You can wear thongs anywhere in the park, beach, picnic areas, fort, etc.  You will have company wearing thongs on the beach north of the Fort up to the inlet at the North Beach concessions area. Hope for good Feb weather. The Pinellas no nudity ordinance requires covering the sexual organs and women must wear tops, although the tops can be very small coverage. If you are concerned, read the pinellas website-Parks section 90.
beachfolks #34

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/05/2008 02:56:21Copy HTML

Artis--We've had a few nice days but the Valentine weather doesn't look good at DeSoto. If you can change your itiniary to Fort Meyers Beach/Sanibel you will pick up 10 deg though 13th looks cloudy. I recommend Bowmans beach on Sanibel-I Understand you can still thong at the north end of Bowmans.
max77056 #35

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/05/2008 05:22:32Copy HTML

artas5 - I think that those of us who get to fort desoto fairly often take for granted how enormous it is. I believe that whole of the fort is over 2000 acres. So here are some specific directions.....after you go through the toll area, proceed into the park over bridges, etc. until you come to the stop sign. Take a right here and this will take you to the north beach areas. Parking is plentiful but I usually pass the fort and concession areas and park on the grassy area and walk to the beach. This area will be obvious to you and a number of the thong crowd park fairly far north and then trek to the beach with their gear. It's a pretty good trek but will lead you to a beautiful beach section that is somewhat remote and thong friendly. You can walk this whole section in either direction which is very pleasant. In feb. you will most like have this area to yourself. I was there once in Feb and loved it but I hit it really lucky with the weather. Another area to check out is the far north beach. Simply go to the furthest north parking lot (the last lot) and park and walk north to the beach. It's also a good trek but I love that area because it feels like you are on some island far away and not near a major city. The far north tip used to be very popular with thongers & gstringers but in recent years there has been much beach erosion its now very narrow and the parks people have eradicated most the the tall pines. They are now all dead. I used to love to go and set up under the pines but they are gone now as they are not native to the area and they cause problems. This county park is beautiful and worth checking out. Hope this helps. Others here are more experts than me so feel free to add or correct me.  Also see other threads on this topic for directional info.      
beachfolks #36

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 12:50:03Copy HTML

 Artas and Max-The weather forcast for DeSoto is that we may be able to enjoy one more day-Tomorrow-then colder and rain through Valentines. Today we were in the location Max recommends all day-in our minimal swimwear, Almost nude in the 80/deg sunshine- A bit windy, but we went into the dunes and were nice and warm. We walked the beach down to the Fort and back mid-afternoon. I wore a tight traffic orange fishnet baggie all day except for putting on an XS Skinz Roman gstring used as a coverup when walking near the Fort.
tbck1000 #37

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 05:32:33Copy HTML

How many other men and/or women in micro swimwear do you encounter on a typical day at Fort DeSoto?
Ex_Member #38

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 12:59:05Copy HTML

Beachfolks, in what sense is your Skinz Roman gstring a coverup?  There can't be any more fabric in that than in your baggie, is there?  Or is it just that it covers the open nature of the fishnet?
Ex_Member #39

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 01:31:44Copy HTML

SG & tbck1000 - I wear a skinz roman orange fishnet and it covers up what is needs to along with string all the way around.  I don't venture down to the Fort as I feel it is to much of a tourist area and for me I can get a good walk just going up and down the beach from the tree line to half way down to the Fort.  I would not call the roman a cover up but a perfectly legal, comfortable yet stylish g-string.  I have had few women comment on how nice my suit fits and looks.  The color does keep the see-thru to a minimum when wet.  The Fort has a good share of micro suits on any given day and probably more on the weekends.  I can't wait for the heat to come back and the water to warm up so I can really enjoy the beach.G
beachfolks #40

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 04:09:56Copy HTML

 The Skinz Roman meets the Pinellas code requirements for coverage, but is about the minimum coverage in a Gstring style with visible rear strings. A Baggie also meets the requirments, but the rear view is fully bare which shocks some viewers and has caused some to report viewing a naked walker. My tight fishnet baggie is great for tanning, but likely wouldn't meet the Pinellas coverage requirement.  I haven't seen a Roman in a fishnet fabric, but sounds really good. I have also received compliments on the Roman Gstring.  My XS Skinz Roman is a brown stretchy material, thin, but not very see-thru. I feel comfortable walking most anywhere in it, but it does generate some looks.
Ex_Member #41

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 04:16:38Copy HTML

Ski696969, glad to read your report on the Skinz Roman.  Orange is my favorite color, and I've got 2 or 3 orange mesh sliding g-strings from Skinz that I'm quite comfortable wearing at my regular beach, since I find the orange mesh is very forgiving when it comes to see-thru, at least from any distance, yet I'm still able to work on my overall tan.  I'll have to check out the Roman design more closely, and see if I can find their orange fishnet in the fabrics section, since I haven't noted it before as an option.  I'm quessing it's not as 'open' as the fishnet Beachfolks has Dore use to make his baggies, where the see-thru nature seems to be a primary goal.  Thanks for the heads up.    
Ex_Member #42

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 08:01:17Copy HTML

My roman suit is orange with a darker orange pattern which offsets the see-thru factor. When I exit the water after a swim  the suit clings to my skin and I will pull the suit to it quickly dries.  I must say that I don't layout near to many people other than a good looking women who is also seeking some privacy.  I tend to keep some distance from most as I go to the beach to sun and enjoy being away the rat race of living in Florida.  I purchased my roman last season, paid about 28 and for sure paid more for less.G
Beachlover492000 #43

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/06/2008 11:45:43Copy HTML

"How many other men and/or women in micro swimwear do you encounter on a typical day at Fort DeSoto? "It all depends upon what day you go there. If you go in mid week during the slow periods, which run from October to the beginning of February, there might be no more than one or two other people. BUT the number of people in "normal suits" will low too. If you go during peak periods, you will have lots of company if you go to the "regular" thong and g-sting area. At any rate you can be assured that you will not be the only person in the areas where the thong people hang out. But the will be gaukers and the courious too. It's an easy place to go if you are a seasoned thonger. If you are a beginner, you will have lots of support, but it won't be totally private.
artas5 #44

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/07/2008 12:42:52Copy HTML

Thanks to all, esp to Max.  I have been a lurker on this site for a while but mostly to read the wealth of info.  Been a full time thonger for about 5 years and  have thonged in many exotic locals (Cancun and St Marteen to name but a few).  Wanted to get to the Fort for a while and finally getting the chance.  I bought a lime green no with clear waistband for the weekend as i hate tan lines (got to love e-bay).  Sooooo Thanks again and happy thonging to all! Invite to all to say hi if you see us!!
beachfolks #45

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/07/2008 03:38:08Copy HTML

More bad news other than weather at DeSoto-- We went to the Fort today for sun despite the wind.  Almost no one there. The rangers had a construction project going mid-beach, and by noon it was heavy duty posts with signs saying "Beach closed, Conservation Area" They have blocked off 1/2 mile of the best beach at DeSoto, and now blocked off all of the dunes on the entire beach south of the concessions area. They have also put up posts likely for "NO something" signs on most of the trails leading to the beach. The only remaining usable beach south of the concessions area is the big pile of ground sea shells pumped in at the Fort last summer, and a strip north of it, or the dirty and insect infested dog beach facing the intercostal waterway. Apparently the birds and animals and sea oats have far more rights than we Pinellas taxpayers. We understand Shell Island is also closed(too many partygoers). This seems to be the next step in a Pinellas county program to keep us dirty ol citizens away from the beaches. 
briankay #46

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/07/2008 05:21:19Copy HTML

re Beachfolks displeasure with roped off areasHaven't been to the fort for months.  I think it was when they were working on the toll booth that I thought the lines at the booth were inconvenient and got out of the habit.Thanks for the update.  Maybe it will be like last year and a good storm will get rid of the stakes.
beachfolks #47

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/07/2008 02:57:12Copy HTML

 Brian-These are very permanant signs. Sometime in the future archeologists will unearth them and rank them with the pyramids for permanacy. We still don't know the extent of the beach closing because all the signs are not in yet, but expect to lose the northern 1/2 mile of beach between the Fort and the North Beach concessions stand and all (100%) of the dunes area between the Fort and the concessions area. The area north of the concessions stand space has been off-limits for about 10 years to allow the dune vegetation to "recuperate". There is still lots of space at DeSoto, but beachgoers can only use the big pile of ground shells they brought in by the Fort, or the insect infested dog beach facing the dirty ship channel, or the crowded North beach by the concessions stand. The good beach space is off limits. Apparently Pinellas county wants to run a nature preserve rather then a recreation grounds.
NativeNude #48

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/07/2008 02:58:17Copy HTML

Just look around all over in the last decade. Many tax funded lands are partially closed or no longer open for public use and at this rate very few or none will be open for any use before long. Just another move on the part of government to protect us from ourselves and make citizens compliance to take away all of our freedoms.
Ex_Member #49

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/07/2008 06:50:58Copy HTML

Time to move, Pinellas County has finally taken our last tropcial retreat. We need to band together and start going to the public area near the concession stand were many other enjoy the beach and make it an area were all types of tanning attire is worn.
ctmonline #50

Re:Fort De Soto Beach

Date Posted:02/07/2008 09:23:52Copy HTML

WTF!!! I just booked my yearly vacation down there this August. Why would the county close the #1 beach in the USA off???
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