Posted September 8, 2020 | 1:36 PM

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve to Reopen Wednesday with Unique Observation Tower

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 8) - Apollo Beach Nature Preserve will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 9, complete with a first-of-its kind observation tower.

The preserve at 6760 Surfside Blvd. is managed by Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management. The preserve was closed to the public in March to allow for construction of a new 37-foot observation tower and rehabilitation of an existing seawall. With both projects now complete, the preserve is ready to reopen.

The broad wooden tower, which is positioned near the center of the 63-acre waterfront preserve, will be the County's first that is wheelchair-accessible, with a wide ramp with modest grades that make it possible for anyone to enjoy the panoramic view. Additionally, the nature preserve offers a sandy beach, picnic pavilions, habitat restoration area, and a hiking trail, along with restrooms and parking. Swimming is prohibited because of swift offshore currents, but eight breakwaters protect and preserve the beach. It's a great place to fish, birdwatch, build a sandcastle, or fly a kite.

The preserve will initially open with parking capacity restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Similarly, only 10 people at a time at a time will be allowed on the observation tower, and picnic pavilions are closed until further notice.



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