The Sunshine Skyway (Interstate 275 & U.S. 19) crosses the open waters of Tampa Bay a couple of miles away from East Point on Mullet Key. Photo taken 10/01/16.

Florida 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) runs south 4.82 miles from Florida 682 along a chain of islands between the city of St. Petersburg and Fort DeSoto Park. The state road varies with two four-lane sections and two-lane stretches of causeway. The span over Bunces Pass is tolled in the southbound direction.

A fee station for the county park precedes the inlet bridge linking St. Jean Key with Mullet Key and Anderson Boulevard. Pinellas Bayway South and Anderson Boulevard west and east double as unsigned branches of County Road 679.

Separate toll plazas collected fares along Pinellas Bayway South ahead of both the Main Channel and Bunces Pass Bridges. The northern plaza was removed by the 1980s as tolls increased at the southern barrier. The north-south route was previously designated as State Road 693, the same number assigned to Pasadena Avenue and 66th Street North.

This 1978 map shows both Florida 679 designated as Florida 693 and the original north toll plaza for the bridge south to Tierra Verde.

Florida 679 south
The first reassurance marker for Florida 679 south appears as the Pinellas Bayway South leaves the intersection with Florida 682 (Pinellas Bayway). Photo taken 04/03/14.
Florida 679 reduces from four to two lanes beyond the Bahia del Mar Boulevard intersection and the site of the former toll booth for Tierra Verde. Photo taken 01/01/06.
Florida 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) extends south from Isla Del Sol along Bird Key Middle Ground to the Main Channel bridge. Photo taken 04/03/14.
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A two lane draw bridge spans the Main Channel between Bird Key Middle Ground and Pine Key. The Pinellas Bayway system of bridges and causeways opened in 1963. Photos taken 04/03/14.
Florida 679 widens to four lanes with a grassy median through the community of Tierra Verde. Another five miles separates the Main Channel from Fort DeSoto County Park. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Reassurance shield posted along Florida 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) south of Madonna Boulevard on Tierra Verde. Photo taken 04/03/14.
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The four-lane section of Florida 679 takes Pinellas Bayway South along Cabbage Key to Cunningham Key. Photos taken 04/03/14.
Approaching the main line toll plaza of Pinellas Bayway South on Cunningham Key. Photo taken 04/03/14.
The toll plaza on Florida 679 lies ahead of the Bunces Pass bridge onto Madelaine Key and Fort DeSoto Park. All passenger vehicles are charged 50 cents. Photo taken 04/03/14.
SunPass account holders may utilize either of the toll booth lanes at the Cunningham Key toll plaza of Florida 679 south. Photo taken 04/03/14.
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A low level causeway and bridge spans Bunces Pass from the toll booth south to the park entrance. Photos taken 04/03/14.
Looking east from the Bounces Pass bridge at the distant Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Photo taken 03/25/07.
County Road 679 south
Continuing south into Fort DeSoto Park, motorists next intersect the access road to a large boat ramp complex on the west shore of Madelaine Key. Photo taken 04/03/14.
A pay station lies south of the Fort DeSoto Park Campground access road. Entrance fees were implemented at Fort DeSoto Park starting on January 3, 2012.1 Photo taken 04/03/14.
The campground area lies along St. Christopher Key to the west of Pinellas Bayway South along Mullet Key Bayou. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Entering the pay plaza for Fort DeSoto Park along CR 679 south. Fees collected help pay for maintenance of the park grounds.1 Photo taken 04/03/14.
Pinellas Bayway South crosses a bridge onto Mullet Key ahead of Anderson Boulevard. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Pinellas County 679 splits into east and west components at Anderson Boulevard opposite the park headquarters. Anderson Boulevard leads to East Beach and East Point on Mullet Key and west to Fort DeSoto and north to the Arrowhead Picnic Area. Photo taken 04/03/14.
County Road 679 north
Spanning the inlet between Mullet and St. Jean Key along Pinellas Bay South northbound. Photo taken 04/03/14.
CR 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) curves eastward and passes by the access road to the Fort DeSoto Campground on St. Christopher Key. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Approaching Bunces Pass, the waterway separating Madelaine and Cunningham Keys along Pinellas Bayway South north. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Florida 679 north
Unsigned County Road 679 transitions into State Road 679 at the Bunces Pass bridge. Photo taken 04/03/14.
The Sunshine Skyway appears beyond Conception Key and East Point of Mullet Key in this scene southeast from Bunces Pass. Photo taken 03/25/07.
High rises of downtown St. Petersburg and the Dick Misener Bridge of Interstate 275 & U.S. 19 come into view to the northeast of Bunces Pass. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The first shield of Florida 679 stands north of the toll plaza area on Cunningham Key. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Florida 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) widens to four lanes with a grassy median through Tierra Verde. Photo taken 04/03/14.
A second shield for SR 679 precedes the intersection with Madonna Boulevard west on Cabbage Key in Tierra Verde. Photo taken 04/03/14.
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A draw bridge carries Florida 679 travelers over the Main Channel (Intracoastal Waterway) between Tierra Verde and Isle Del Sol. Photos taken 04/03/14.
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The 1962-built draw bridge connects Florida 679 north with a narrow strip of land (Bird Key Middle Ground) south of the Isla Del Sol community. Photos taken 04/03/14.
A second look at the Dick Misener Bridge carrying Interstate 275 & U.S. 19 across the Main Channel south of Maximo Point. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Florida 679 ends at the signalized intersection with Florida 682 (Pinellas Bayway) and Sun Boulevard north at Isle Del Sol. SR 682 leads west to St. Pete Beach and the barrier islands and east to Eckerd College and south St. Petersburg. Photo taken 04/03/14.
County Road 679 east
Anderson Boulevard turns around at the north end of Mullet Key near Arrowhead Picnic Area. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Anderson Boulevard (unsigned CR 679) heads south along Mullet Key toward Historic Fort DeSoto. Photo taken 03/25/07.
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Anderson Boulevard turns east to Bay Pier. Photos taken 03/25/07.
Anderson Boulevard intersects Pinellas Bayway South (CR 679 north) to Tierra Verde and the Pinellas County mainland. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Anderson Boulevard east at the East Beach Picnic Area off Tampa Bay. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Curving northward toward East Point along Anderson Boulevard. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Anderson Boulevard ends at a turnaround by East Point. Photo taken 04/03/14.
County Road 679 west
Anderson Boulevard angles southwest from East Point toward East Beach Picnic Area. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Unsigned Pinellas County 679 (Anderson Boulevard) west travels one mile to Historic Fort DeSoto, a facility used during the Spanish American War, and three miles to its end at North Beach. Photo taken 04/03/14.
The Bay Pier fishing pier extends over the waters of Egmont Channel east of Fort DeSoto itself. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Anderson Boulevard turns north along Mullet Key beyond Fort DeSoto. Fort DeSoto was built in 1898 during the Spanish-American War but never played a significant role during that conflict. Photo taken 04/03/14.
The forthcoming North Beach Area of Fort DeSoto was ranked as the top beach in 2005 by "Dr. Beach", Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman. Photo taken 04/03/14.
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Looking east from the North Beach area at Bunces Pass and the Pinellas Bayway South bridge to Cunningham Key. Photos taken 03/25/07.

Sources:

  1. "New $5 fees at Fort De Soto, Fred Howard parks take effect Jan. 3, 2012." Tampa Bay Times, December 29, 2011.


Photo Credits:

  • 01/01/06 by AARoads.
  • 03/25/07 by AARoads.
  • 04/03/14 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

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Page Updated 08-14-2015.