Biden’s Brother Buys on Keewaydin Island

Vice President Joe Biden’s younger brother has bought a house on 5 acres on Keewaydin Island in Collier County for $2.5 million.  James Biden and his wife Sara purchased the house and property on December 23 from Brian Gaines of Fort Lauderdale.  The property is assessed at $1,193,423 on the Collier County property appraiser’s website. 

Keewaydin Island is a barrier island located off the coast of Naples.  It is monitored every evening by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for Loggerhead Turtle nesting activity.  Keewaydin Island is a private beach.  About 50 private lots and 15 private homes can be found on the island, chiefly on the south side of the island. 

As a barrier island, Keewaydin Island has no cars, roads or bridges.  Locals and visitors can enjoy the experience of a visit to an unspoiled barrier island and its ecosystem.  Known mostly for the south tip of the island, local boaters gather at the end of this 8-mile isthmus, where they can dock their boat and people-watch and enjoy the beach.  Since you cannot get on the island by car, you will have to rent a boat, visit with someone who has a boat, or go on a tourist boat.

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