Carefree but hardworking, partner in Beer Can Island just wants to hang out –

APOLLO BEACH — Even on a foggy Wednesday morning, the newest addition to seven-acre Pine Key — better known as Beer Can Island — rises from the mist along the mainland shore of the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve.

It’s a floating tiki bar, the size of a tennis court, docked there by Beer Can Island’s new owners — the talk of the local boating community with their recent purchase of the popular party and camping spot.

They’re hearing playful jealousy, for the most part, from people saying they would have bought the island had they known the owners were willing to sell for just $63,650. And then there are the follow-up questions: Who are these guys and how did they end up with their own island?

“It just kind of happened,” co-owner Cole Weaver said with an aw-shucks smile as he walked visitors through his new getaway and business venture. “We’re just four guys who want to have a good time.”

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Owners needed a place to dock their floating bar

The path to this venture runs through the owners’ carefree yet hardworking natures. It was not so much a business plan that brought them here as going with the flow and welcomg the chance to get their own hands dirty.

Standing 6-foot-7 with an athletic build and scraggly beard, wearing baggy jeans and a t-shirt, blond hair tucked under a trucker’s hat, the 32-year-old Weaver looks like Patrick Swayze as Bodhi from 1991’s Point Break, minus the thieving streak.

Splitting his time between Colorado and the Tampa Bay area, he lives on a boat docked in Gulfport when he isn’t camping in a tent on his new island.

He appears to have no worries, not even about the musings of those who wonder whether his

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