Thanks to the efforts of Robin Madden of Islander Properties on Don Pedro Island (www.islanderproperties.com), Dr. Beach and his son spent some quality time exploring the area earlier this month and local media were treated to a behind the scenes look as to how he rates a beach. They watched as he tested water current with a dissolving dye ball and extended a measuring tape to determine the beach’s width. A stacked sifting device and hand lens determined the sand grain size and type of sand.Dr. Beach waded out into the water to assess the temperature and swimming conditions. After each evaluation, he thoughtfully checked off numbers and jotted notes on his worksheet until all 50 criteria were measured. Yes, he evaluates 50 criteria to rate a beach. He joked about giving extra points in the wildlife department since an osprey watched the activity and a dolphin made an appearance at Stump Pass on the north end of Knight Island. Indeed, there is a scientific method to evaluating a beach.
So what did Dr. Beach think of the beaches of Don Pedro-Knight-Palm Island, Don Pedro Island State Park and Little Gasparilla Island?"I'm happy to say I really like your beaches a lot. This is the type of place that I'd like to come to someday when I’m not busy or can slow down," and "What you have here is very special. There aren’t a lot of places I find like this…this is a special thing you’ve got…you’re trying to preserve nature you’re doing a superb job." And trust me, it is special out there. With summer vacations being planned, Charlotte County is an ideal and affordable beach getaway. Rent a home either on Don Pedro, Knight or Little Gasparilla Islands through Islander Properties or another rental company. Or, book a villa with Palm Island Resort. Although you can take the car ferry to Don Pedro-Knight-Palm Island, getting around while on the island is either by golf cart or foot. Little Gasparilla Island is only accessible by water taxi or private boat.