US Coast Guard Station Sand Key

District Seven

1375 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

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ABOUT

US Coast Guard Station Sand Key is a small boat station located on Gulf Blvd. in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Sand Key is part of District Seven and Sector St. Petersburg.

The Coast Guard Station in Clearwater was established on January 29, 1975. Station Sand Key (then called Station Clearwater) was originally operated from a houseboat moored at Island Estates in Clearwater.

 

Now, it is the fourth largest multi-mission station in the Seventh Coast Guard District. The crew conducts search and rescue, maritime law enforcement including the management of living marine resources and environmental protection between John’s Pass and Aripeka and out 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. Their area of responsibility is over 2,000 square miles.

 

Coast Guard Base St. Petersburg was commissioned on the north side of Bayboro Harbor in 1924. Sixteen cutters ranging from 75 to 125 feet were stationed here for the purpose of conducting anti-smuggling patrols. The base was decommissioned in 1933 to coincide with the lifting of Prohibition.

 

The Coast Guard commissioned a station on the south side of Bayboro Harbor in 1928 and an air station was commissioned on the north side just six years later. The air station was constructed by the Works Projects Administration and was home to as many as 19 sea and scout planes during the height of World War II. The hangar and oversized boat ramp are examples of the facilities that remain from the original air station.

 

When Air Station St. Petersburg relocated to Clearwater in 1976, Group/Station St. Petersburg moved into the vacated facilities on the north side of the harbor. The south side was converted into cutter moorings for aids to navigation tenders and medium endurance cutters. Group/Station St. Petersburg now encompassed both the north and south side of Bayboro Harbor totaling more than 22 acres. In 1997, the facility underwent a reorganization that defined Sector St. Petersburg as the host command, responsible for the entire facility.

 

Sector St. Petersburg has become one of the Coast Guard’s largest commands, with an area of responsibility encompassing over 400 nautical miles of coastline along Florida’s west coast and the third largest U.S. port for domestic trade. In terms of total trade volume, including both domestic and foreign, the Port of Tampa ranks 12th nationally. The Sector’s five multi-mission small boat stations, six patrol boats, two aids to navigation cutters, and one aids to navigation team have responsibility for five primary operational missions: Search and Rescue; Marine Safety; Maritime Law Enforcement; Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security; and Living Marine Resources. Each year Sector St. Petersburg personnel conduct, on average, more than 2600 rescue cases, assisting more than 7000 people and preserving property valued at 39 million dollars.

 

Sector St. Petersburg is comprised of over 825 Active Duty and Reserve Military Members, 27 Civilian, and 1800 Auxiliary personnel.

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ARRIVAL

The nearest major airport is St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE / KPIE). This airport has domestic flights from Saint Petersburg, Florida and is 13 miles from the center of Clearwater Beach, FL.

Another major airport is Tampa International Airport (TPA / KTPA), which has international and domestic flights from Tampa, Florida and is 21 miles from Clearwater Beach, FL.

 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ / KSRQ) has domestic flights from Sarasota, Florida and is 53 miles from Clearwater Beach, FL.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Students must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 and have completed kindergarten to attend grade 1.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Pinellas County Schools
Pasadena Fundamental Elementary School
Bay Point Middle School
Lakewood High School
GreatSchools.org

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

St. Petersburg Health Department (727) 824-6900
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County was established in 1936 and was the 7th county Health Department to open its doors in the State of Florida. Today, the Health Department has more than 700 employees in six locations throughout Pinellas County all working to serve your needs in areas that range from controlling infectious diseases to safe drinking water to disaster preparedness.

 

St. Petersburg Children and Family Services (727) 584-3528
We offer every member the sense of belonging to our city and the business community. We believe that, by coming together, our members will ensure the continued prosperity and vitality of St. Petersburg.

 

Humane Society of Pinellas (727) 797-7722
The Humane Society of Pinellas is dedicated to providing individualized care for every animal that comes our way and we ensure that every treatable animal is treated. This means we have made a promise to our community that no animal will be euthanized for a treatable condition.

 

Florida Highway Patrol (813) 558-1800

 

Base Operator (727) 596-8744

Housing

Currently, the US Coast Guard does not offer on-base housing at Station Sand Key.

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In St. Petersburg, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, cool, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 56°F to 89°F and is rarely below 46°F or above 93°F.

 

The hot season lasts for 4.6 months, from May 18 to October 5, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 89°F and low of 79°F. The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 7 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 56°F and high of 69°F.

 

The wetter season lasts 3.6 months, from June 5 to September 24, with a greater than 42% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 70% on July 31. The drier season lasts 8.4 months, from September 24 to June 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% on November 25.

The average cost of living in St. Petersburg, FL is 100, that puts it 1% higher than the average of Florida and equal to our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of St. Petersburg, FL, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of Florida as well as 3% lower than the nation’s average.

St. Petersburg is a city on Florida’s gulf coast, part of the Tampa Bay area. It’s known for its pleasant weather (hence its “Sunshine City” nickname), making it popular for golfing, boating, fishing and beachgoing. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra.

 

Along with beautiful, award-winning beaches, St. Petersburg is home to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum, top-rated restaurants and beautiful Fort De Soto Park. The waterfront escape is a perfect family getaway with so much to explore!

 

St. Petersburg, which glimmers between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, is known for its warm weather and for holding the title of “most consecutive days with sunshine” at 768 days!

 

Downtown St. Petersburg is the city’s heart, home to great shopping, restaurants, bars and attractions. After making a stop to check out the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain, swing by the Chihuly Collection on Central Avenue to witness mind-blowing glass-work.

 

The Dali Museum – Celebrating the life and work of Salvador Dali, The Dali Museum features pieces that span this fascinating artists entire career. With well over 2,000 works, showcasing every medium and moment of his artistry, it’s the largest Dali collection outside of Europe. It began as a private collection of the Morse family in the 1940’s and in 1982 they donated it, in its entirety to the St Petersburg community. You’ll see 96 oil paintings, book works, original drawings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, photos, and a large collection of documents. It’s a unique museum, complete with a contemplation area which is nothing more than a solid white room with a window.

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