Alligator Point, Florida

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Alligator Point
File:Marina at Alligator Point.jpg
Alligator Point in 1960
Coordinates: 29°54′18″N 84°25′01″W / 29.905°N 84.417°W / 29.905; -84.417
Government
 • BodyFranklin County, Florida
 • District 2 CommissionerBert B. Bolt II
Population
 (2012)
 • Total447
 Rough Estimate; Not Conducted by the U.S. Census
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Alligator Point is an unincorporated community on St. James Island in Franklin County, Florida, United States. It is located along U.S. 98, south of Bald Point State Park, along the Gulf of Mexico. Alligator Point is a small beach community made up of mostly beach homes and the Alligator Point Yacht Basin.[1] Located on Florida's "Forgotten Coast, nearby attractions include Bald Point State Park and the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.[2] Alligator Harbor is known for its clam harvesting and was featured on Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs."

Alligator Harbor[edit]

Alligator Harbor[3] is a shallow, neutral estuary and a barrier spit lagoon. The Harbor is east of the Apalachicola estuary and is enclosed by the Alligator Point sand spit. The harbor is 4 miles long and 1 mile wide with an average low water depth of 4 ft. Because there is little freshwater flowing into the harbor, salinity levels are almost the same as the Gulf of Mexico. The salinity levels allow for the successful clam harvesting industry within the harbor. The bay also contains shallow oyster bars, that contain good fishing areas.

Alligator Point Taxpayers Association[edit]

The Alligator Point Taxpayers Association[4] is a group of 5 officers and 10 board members that meets each month to discuss the issues and concerns facing Alligator Point home owners.

Homes and Development[edit]

Reconstruction of a road in Alligator Point after Hurricane Hermine

Alligator Point contains condos near the marina, and has houses on the bayside and gulf side. Some houses are as old as 70 years. The end of the point is kept as a wildlife refuge for birds and turtles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alligator Point Marina in Alligator Point, FL, United States - Marina Reviews - Phone Number - Marinas.com". marinas.com.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2011-01-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection - Florida Department of Environmental Protection". floridadep.gov.
  4. ^ "Alligator Point\St. Teresa Association".

Franklin County, Florida Website

Dirty Jobs Episode