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Osprey is just south of Sarasota in what's referred to as "unincorporated" Sarasota County, Florida. Named after the large fish-eating bird of prey, Osprey is a diverse community with multi-million dollar homes located on the Intracoastal Waterway, and mobile home parks just up the road from the same luxury homes. It is home to Historic Spanish Point, a 30-acre museum and environmental complex that includes a prehistoric shell mound known as a midden, a turn-of-the-century pioneer homestead museum, a citrus packing house, a chapel, boatyard, gardens and nature trails. Osprey is also the mailing address for Oscar Scherer State Park, one of the few protected areas maintaining habitat for the threatened Florida scrub jay. It is also the location of the Blackburn Point Bridge, a one-lane bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many restaurants can be found in Osprey offering everything from fresh mahi-mahi or grouper sandwiches to fine dining or pizza. For shopping, there are several areas including the Osprey Village shops, Blackburn Point Plaza and Southbay Shopping Center. Several of the local restaurants are on "the Trail" (Tamiami Trail, US 41) and some waterfront dining is available at Spanish Point or on Blackburn Point Rd.