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Whiskey Stump Key is an island in Hillsborough County, Florida. The nearest places to Whiskey Stump Key are Green Key (1600 feet northwest), Sims Branch (1 mile southwest), The Kitchen (1 mile northwest), Adamsville (1 mile west), and MacKinlay Terrace (1 mile west). The nearest major town is Gibsonton, FL.
Green Key and Whiskey Stump Key, also in Hillsborough Bay, are the original Tampa Bay Sanctuary islands. Protected since 1934, the birds of Green Key moved to the Alafia Bank islands in the 1960s. A handsome mangrove island, Green Key today provides important foraging and loafing habitats for birds. The seagrass meadows and oyster bars around the key are excellent bird feeding sites. Whiskey Stump Key, a quarter-mile away, was the site of the warden's residence from 1934 until the 1960s. In a quiet stand of cabbage palms on this natural island stands a monument erected in memory of Dr. H.R. Mills, a Tampa pathologist who was the driving force behind the establishment of the Sanctuary and for many years its strongest supporter.
From the Audubon of Florida website. See also here.
During Prohibition, moonshiners delivered their homemade whiskey on this small island south of the Alafia River mouth. Customers left their money and an empty bottle under a tree stump on the island, and returned to find the money gone and the bottle filled with liquor. Whiskey Stump is now a protected bird sanctuary.
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Audubon of Florida and with the help of community volunteers, will create 300 feet of new oyster shell reefs on Whiskey Stump Key, a small, sandy mangrove island located in Hillsborough Bay three miles south of the mouth of the Alafia River in Riverview. (May, 2009)
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