I live in the most beautiful place on Earth, a waterfront paradise known as Cape San Blas/Indian Pass, in the central panhandle of NW Florida. If you have been here before, you know why I use those terms to describe it. If you have never been here or never before heard of this place, you have found the right website!
We are often referred to by the nickname "The Forgotten Coast", which is a registered trademark coined in the early 1990s. According to Wikipedia, "The name is most commonly used to refer to a relatively quiet, undeveloped section of coastline stretching from Mexico Beach on the Gulf of Mexico to St. Marks on the Apalachee Bay in the U.S. state of Florida." The nearest major cities are Tallahassee, the state capitol 100 miles northeast, and Panama City, about 50 miles northwest. Both cities have major airports, so if you feel it is too long a drive, you can always catch a flight here.
"A relatively quiet, undeveloped section of coastline" pretty much sums up this place. We are a magnet for beach lovers, anglers, artists, animal and nature lovers, and those who value beauty, peace and solitude over commercialism. For instance, the nearest Wal Mart is 50 miles from my home at Indian Pass. There is not much at Wal Mart that you cannot find at our local Dollar General, Family Dollar, CVS Pharmacy or Ace Hardware stores. True, it is not one stop shopping, but what a small price to pay for preserving this pristine environment.
Another thing we do not have are high rise buildings; our tallest condominium complex has units four stories high. Our county has maintained strict limitations on building heights for all types of development. The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection is also involved in construction permitting for particular areas of the beach and bay front.
Speaking of bay front, we are home to two of the most unique estuarine areas in the U.S. The Apalachee Bay extends from Indian Pass east to the beginning of the Florida peninsula. It's claim to fame are the Apalachicola Bay oysters, which are harvested in the bay near the towns of East Point, Apalachicola and Indian Pass. There are numerous barrier islands here, including the well known St. George Island and lesser known islands of St. Vincent, St. James and Dog Island.
The St. Joe Bay lies to the west of Port St. Joe, north of the Cape San Blas Peninsula and ends at the tip of the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Tiny bay scallops are indigenous to this bay and commercial harvesting is prohibited. However, in June of each year "Scallop Season" opens and locals, vacationers and fishermen alike descend on the bay in kayaks, boats or simply by wading in waist deep water to harvest their day limit from the grass beds. It can be both a family or a solitary activity and will reward your shucking efforts with a delicious meal. They also make a great addition to ceviche!
Aren't I supposed to be writing about myself in this post? Would you like to know more about who I am and how I came to live here? I do not think bio's are a particularly interesting read unless you are running for a public office or writing a corporate resume.
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