On Siesta Key, what is now Blind Pass was once part of a channel that connected Little Sarasota Bay to the Gulf. In 1921, a hurricane closed Little Sarasota Pass (near Heron Lagoon, to the north) and opened Midnight Pass (to the south). Now Blind Pass is a lagoon, with at boat ramp at Turtle Beach Park that provides boating access to the bay. Kayakers frequent this area. This waterbody is included in the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and is a SWFWMD SWIM waterbody.
Bay Conditions Reports give a quick assessment of the water quality in a bay during a particular year by examining three important indicators of nutrient pollution: chlorophyll a, nitrogen and phosphorus.
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