Bird Key

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Bird Key, Sarasota Florida
community
Coordinates: 27°19′1.3″N 82°33′34.23″W / 27.317028°N 82.5595083°W / 27.317028; -82.5595083Coordinates: 27°19′1.3″N 82°33′34.23″W / 27.317028°N 82.5595083°W / 27.317028; -82.5595083
Country United States
State Florida
CountiesSarasota
Area
 • Total9.3 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Land6.9 sq mi (9.6 km2)
 • Water3.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
Elevation3 ft (1 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total857
 • Density200/sq mi (172/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code34236
Area code(s)941
FIPS code12-41150[1]
GNIS feature ID0286084[2]
 
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This article is about the island in Sarasota, Florida. For the island in the city of Miami, see Bird Key (Miami).
Bird Key, Sarasota Florida
community
Coordinates: 27°19′1.3″N 82°33′34.23″W / 27.317028°N 82.5595083°W / 27.317028; -82.5595083Coordinates: 27°19′1.3″N 82°33′34.23″W / 27.317028°N 82.5595083°W / 27.317028; -82.5595083
Country United States
State Florida
CountiesSarasota
Area
 • Total9.3 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Land6.9 sq mi (9.6 km2)
 • Water3.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
Elevation3 ft (1 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total857
 • Density200/sq mi (172/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code34236
Area code(s)941
FIPS code12-41150[1]
GNIS feature ID0286084[2]

Bird Key is an island in Sarasota Bay, south of the Ringling Causeway, between mainland Sarasota and St. Armands Key. Originally a small island connected to the Ringling Causeway by a tree lined causeway of its own, it was the home of John Ringling North, nephew of Circus Magnate, John Ringling. Created by dredge and fill in the late fifties, it is approximately 250 acres (1.0 km2) of one of the most prestigious residential areas on Florida's West Coast.

Originally called Bird Key because of the large population of birds that flock to the original island.

Notable residents[edit]

Jerry Springer is known to live in the community.

Brian Johnson, lead vocalist of AC/DC, has a home on Bird Key.

Martina Navratilova, tennis champ.

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