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Updated: 07/17/2014 08:00:02AM

Why’s it called Stump Pass?

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Stump Pass Beach State Park features the most natural coastline on Manasota Key. This is a public launch with clean, sandy access to inshore and Gulf waterways. Located in Charlotte County at the southernmost point of Manasota Key in Englewood. The state park is comprised of property on three barrier islands: Manasota Key, Peterson Island and Whidden Key. Enjoy 1.3 miles of undeveloped coastal Florida at Stump Pass Beach State Park.

Stump Pass Beach State Park is named after the Australian pine trees that were once living on the park property. Australian pine is an invasive species and causes environmental damage. For example, these pine trees can promote erosion by displacing the mangroves’ deep-rooted vegetation. They often ruin the beach vegetation that provides a habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals. Their root system interferes with sea turtles ability to construct coastal nests.

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