Because Key West is an island off of the southernmost point of Florida, visitors often think there is surfing, crashing waves, and numerous white, sandy beaches. However, because of the barrier, coral reefs, Key West is protected from the effects of wave erosion. As a result, the white sandy beaches found along the west coast of Florida are not found in Key West. To please the vacationers, the State of Florida, along with help from Key West and Monroe County Florida have undertaken numerous projects to create those white, sandy beaches we all want to enjoy.