Bird Key

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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
Counties Sarasota
Area
 • Total 9.3 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Land 6.9 sq mi (9.6 km2)
 • Water 3.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
Elevation 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 857
 • Density 200/sq mi (172/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 34236
Area code(s) 941
FIPS code 12-41150[1]
GNIS feature ID 0286084[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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