Levy County, Dixie County – Forgotten? Ever heard of Dixie County or Levy County, Florida? Many people in Florida would scratch their heads if you asked where Levy and Dixie Counties were. This generation of Floridians may not recognize these Gulf coast-hugging counties as you enter the panhandle of Florida.
Florida’s Forgotten Coast In the panhandle of Florida, there are a group of counties along the “big bend” area called the Forgotten Coast. This is old Florida. A way of life that has been based in timber and harvesting seafood from the Gulf for decades. Tthe counties Gulf, Franklin and
Cayo Costa – Sandy Beaches on a Forgotten Island In the 1800’s Cayo Costa was the home of Cuban ranchos. No, not like the cattle ranches seen in movies, but fish processing camps that dried and salted fish for shipment to Cuba and other places. Cayo Costa Island was, and
How to Travel Safely in Florida During the Pandemic We know the vaccine for covid-19 is here, but immunity for most people is still months away. The best travel season for Florida will soon be here. You need to know how to visit great destinations safely! There are 67 counties
St. Peach Beach – Another Great Florida Beach Town You have heard about the phrase “follow the yellow brick road” from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. In 1916 Pinellas County, Florida built a red brick road on top of a dusty one-lane road leading to a patch of
Naples, in Collier County, Florida has unfairly been called a place where only the wealthy could afford and the average man could only dream about. While this southwestern city in the state has the second largest population of millionaires, growth in the last twenty years has favored people across the income stratus. This gateway to the everglades has become a destination for ecotourists and those looking for a warm climate to live, relax and play in.
Key West is known for it’s Bars! Most bars aren’t known for their food. Sloppy Joe’s is a slight exception, since they serve Key West pink shrimp. These shrimp are only found in certain deep waters around the Keys. The pinks have a mild, sweet flavor and a pink shell. Once you have tried them, you will know the flavor. Many restaurants serve Key West pinks, but ask to be certain. I consider a restaurant’s choice to serve an exceptional shrimp a positive for their willingness to spend a little extra for a special product.
Winter and Friends Are All Grown Up! The last time I visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium near Clearwater Beach was about in 2005. They were located in a cement structure that was a former wastewater plant donated by the City of Clearwater. That was well before the 2011 movie, Dolphin
In 1915 it was clear that trade routes were changing from horses to horsepower. Prior to this time, as far back as the 1600’s Spanish explorers forged pathways through the wilderness to ports like New Orleans and beyond to trade goods from the America’s to the motherland, Spain. The major Spanish city was St. Augustine