I rode Alafia on Thursday and ran into TWO big gators in exactly that same spot. Sunning themselves on the end of that finger of land. I jammed the brakes and hopped up onto the mound between the trail sections. They scrambled into the water before I could get to my Iphone to take a pic. Since there's a bit of a seawall effect on the point where they were sitting, I'm wondering if they're not walking along the trail from somewhere else to get out there. Definitely something to be looked into.
Once they ran away and the coast was clear (and I got my breath back) I couldn't help thinking of the joke that Bill Engvall tells at the end of the Redneck Comedy Tour that ends with "Bring me my brown pants!"