Bird Key

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Bird Key, Sarasota Florida
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
 • 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 1950s, 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]

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

Martina Navratilova, tennis champ.

Jamie Lee Murdick, author and blogger (


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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