Right off Marco Island
My first post!
I can tell you the mosquitos and sand flies (no see ums) are absolutely vicious there. You'll lose a quart of blood daily. At first the sand flies will tear you apart but after a year or two your skin becomes accustomed to them somehow - probably through scarring - and they won't be as bad.
The people are very nice, if not a little elderly. Port of the Isle...actually, Everglades City is the County Seat and long ago was thought to be the future mecca of the area. Flooding ruined all that and Naples became the more poplular destination
. It gives the area a ghost town like "Shining" feel to it, like it was once really something but everyone has deserted it except for the hard few that still remain. Of course, illicit drug running in the area and the fact that 80% of the locals had gotten caught and done time may add to some of that "charm".
is world class. The snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, etc just can't be matched anywhere else you go and you'll be ruined. Going through the 10,000 Islands is an amazing adventure but should be done by only those with a current
knowledge of the waters if you get off the beaten path unless you're in a skiff.
There's a ton of history
in the area. The Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City has housed past presidents and historically important people and looks much the same today as it did back in the twenties. Ed Watson (the supposed murderer of Belle Starr) was shot to death on the shores at Ted Smallwood's store in Chokoloskee, and there are numerous stories of the old alligator poachers if you can get anyone to tell you about them.
I can't really tell you about living aboard
there, but I hope what I know helps you out a little. I own a gunshop in Naples, (century-arms.com) and am thinking about living aboard
in about a year. If you find anything out more about living aboard in the area keep me posted. I'd love to live on the island I'm on but I don't think there's any provisions for that.