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Articles written by: Bob Rountree
SEBRING — Old-growth live oaks dripping with air plants and Spanish moss dominate the landscape throughout much of the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The park features lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.
The goal is to generate new revenue for state parks that might otherwise face closing because of budget cuts, as was proposed earlier this year by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
With the invention of the rotomolded hull, kayaking has taken off in Florida and across the country over the past decade. Give an angler a new way to float, and he’ll go fishing. Here’s a guide to kayak fishing basics and a checklist of what you need to be successful.
FORT PIERCE — This iconic beach bar draws an amazing mix of bikers, tourists, locals and retirees to the north end of Hutchinson Island, and the staff here really hustles to deliver the food and drinks with chaotic precision.
About 70 kayaks, canoes, rowing shells and small sailboats set out from Fort Desoto on March 5 for a grueling marathon that ended a week later in Key Largo.
President Teddy Roosevelt created this wildlife refuge in 1903 to stop plume-hunters from ravishing this 3-acre island. Now’s a good time to visit as the spring migration begins, and on March 19, local residents celebrate the annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival.
When it comes to the authentic Florida, it’s hard to ignore Jimbo’s on Virginia Key. It’s a classic, very funky shrimp shack that’s been a hangout for celebrities and the everyman since Jimbo Luznar settled on this island in the 1940s.
The park is beautiful, and the paddling opportunities are numerous, but the campground is just fair. The spring is a great place to swim when you seek to escape the summer heat, but you can’t swim here in winter because its overrun by manatees seeking safe haven.
Popular beachside bar is housed in one of the few remaining “watch houses” used to protect our shores during two world wars. Today, it’s party time!