EGMONT KEY – The Egmont Key Alliance plans its 16th annual Discover The Island fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Those attending will have the opportunity to explore the island, check out a 155-year-old lighthouse, watch historical re-enactors, visit the military bunkers of Fort Dade and participate in a silent auction.
Day passes are $18 for adults, $15 for active military personnel, $5 for kids ages 6 to 11.
Day passes include round-trip ferry transportation from the Fort De Soto Park pier. The ferry leaves Fort De Soto regularly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last ferry back leaves Egmont Key at 4 p.m.
In addition, there will be a re-enactment Nov. 3 of the start of the Seminole Indians’ 1858 “Trail of Tears,” which resulted in the tribe being resettled from Egmont Key to Oklahoma. Descendants of the original tribe members will be participating.
Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort De Soto Beach.
The Egmont Key Alliance is a 501c(3) nonprofit group dedicated to protecting, restoring and preserving Egmont Key State Park.