History lessons; My wife Ronda is now a bug hunter; with a Corpus Christi background, an uncle as a supreme shrimper, and Arkansas child hood I knew she would be a bug hunter. She started baiting her own fish hooks at five years old. Got her limit on first day first time hunt; just snagged up those bugs while I sat there and watched with a Corona with my Friend Ken from California. She's good with a net mind you!
Anyway, we found some history for you -
good history from the book "Yesterday's Florida Keys" quote;
As early as 1875 Tavernier and surround islands, including offshore Rodriguez Key, Julia Key and Planter would be producing up to one million crates of pineapples a year along with key limes, tomatoes, and melons. Capt. Ben Baker settled what is now Planter and grew pineapples about 1866. Sam and Caroline Johnson came 20 years later to farm at Planter and give it its name.
By 1850, several previously occupied offshore islands near Tavernier showed no sign of human use except for the stacked crawfish traps commercial fishermen might keep on them. On one of the islands, Bottlepoint Key, six miles into Florida Bay from Tavernier, was located one of the few Florida breeding areas for the distinctive Roseate spoonbill. In the spring of 1940 when the breeding colony was discovered, Robert Porter Allen director of sanctuaries for the National Audubon Society, came to the island to live while studying the birds. The colony has increased and thrived.
We love our bug hunting for spiny lobsters, gorgeous waters and fowl, and you will too.
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