The Florida gopher tortoise is listed as a Threatened Species. Please look under your car when backing out of parking spaces, drive slowly and stay on marked trails or the boardwalk. 


(Vitis rotundifolia)

This woody vine in the grape family is another plant that struggles to survive at Barefoot Beach. Inconspicuous flowers bloom in the spring and produce an edible black-purple berry after flowering. The berries are high in sugar and are delicious. Jellies, jams and wines can be made from the ripened grapes in late summer to early fall; sun drying the berries produces raisins. The fruit can also be used to make a blue dye.

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