By Chelle Walton
From the Tampa Bay quarter to Naples and the Everglades, this advisor covers all of Florida's coastal towns, cities, nature preserves, barren region parts, and shores at the state's western shore. details on watersports is given, plus info on eco-treks into gator territory, scorching air balloon rides, airboat tours, cycling trails, biking routes and old jogging excursions.
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Most prohibit alcohol, pets, open fires, and glass containers. State parks also prohibit pets. Admission fees and hours change constantly at Florida attractions, often according to seasons. Call ahead to confirm. Fishing Since the days of Teddy Roosevelt and before, fishing has been the lure for adventure-seekers headed to Floridas West Coast. For early residents, fishing was a way of life and commercial fishing, due to net banning, is just beginning to die out in the last hold-out fishing communities, such as Pine Island (Chapter VII) and Cortez (Chapter V).
Railroads, cigar factories, and hotels started the twin cities down the path to becoming the regions metropolitan hub. Islands and coastal towns to the south remained the domain of the intrepid. It wasnt until big names like Ringling and Edison became associated with the region that people sat up and took serious notice. They came to fish. They came to swim in the warm, gentle Gulf waves. They came to hunt, to escape, to winter. They came to stay. Since the Page 3 Page 4 1940s, the coasts population has built steadily.
Pine Island, the Forgotten Island. Pine Island: 1982. 186 pp, photos. Gonzalez, Thomas A. The Caloosahatchee: History of the Caloosahatchee River and the City of Fort Myers Florida. Fort Myers Beach: Island Press Publishers, 1932. 134 pp. Grismer, Karl H. The Story of Fort Myers. Fort Myers Beach: Island Press Publishers, 1982. 348 pp, photos, index. Grismer, Karl H. The Story of Sarasota. Tampa: The Florida Grower Press, 1946. 376 pp, photos, index. Jahoda, Gloria. River of the Golden Ibis. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1973.