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North end jungle gym copacetic says Police Chief Pete Cumming

Theme parks have a way of encroaching the Florida landscape and now Longboat Key is no exception.

Anyone who has driven over Longboat Pass in the last two weeks could not miss the floating jungle gym located on the south side of the bridge between Beer Can Island and Jewfish Key.

Edwin Toro owns Funlife Entertainment and situated his floating attraction strategically where it can be reached by a short swim from  Beer Can Island. The colorful barge features trampolines, a waterslide and rope swings, where for $15 per hour, anyone over six years old can fling themselves into the turquoise waters over and over.

Although mostly for kids, numerous parents can also be seen heralding down the waterslide.

Not everyone is attracted to the so-called ‘attraction’ and Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming has been asked if any town or other laws might be in violation. Cumming has said that the floating structure is outside of Longboat Key municipal  limits and its jurisdiction. Cumming did add that he was told by Florida Fish and Wildlife that it is in compliance with state statutes and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Anyone who wishes to access the floating event can do so easily by boat or by  hiking to the tip of Beer Can Island and taking a short swim.

According to Toro, he has full liability insurance, requires a waiver to be signed and has had no injuries to date.

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