Speaking from the beautiful harbor of Carrabelle
, I disagree. Many boats, several hundred at the moment, are here unattended and I've heard (I would) of no boats being stolen from for the last eight out of our ten years here.
Carrabelle has all the marine
services, all within walking distance, slips at about $400 a month and more free anchorage than is being used. Groceries, bars, restaurants, hardware
stores, and the like are all in walking distance, because the town curls around the harbor. The town has three small museums worth a visit. Often termed "a small drinking community with a fishing
problem," Carrabelle has as a major claim to fame the only known Meridian St. that runs due East-West. One of the closer-to-normal citizens rides his lawnmower to the supermarket each week, usually without unhitching his boat first.
Carrabelle has easy access to the Gulf, separated from it by only four miles of sound. It is also the terminus of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (AKA the Ditch), so loopers tend to gather here before jumping to Clearwater.
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