Our area, Floridaís Forgotten Coast, includes the counties
of Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla. Cities in the area include Apalachicola,
Eastpoint, Carrabelle, and St. George Island in Franklin County. To the West in
Gulf County is the Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach in the South and Wewahitchka
in the North. Wakulla at the East end of the Forgotten Coast includes Panacea,
Medart, Spring Creek (and itís wonderful Spring Creek Restaurant), Shell Point
and St Marks. All area have abundant access to coastal properties and
recreation opportunities, albeit each unique in itís own way.
In the early 1800 the Apalachicola River was a major inroad
to the interior of Florida and Georgia. Cotton was King! Boats would bring the
cotton down the river for shipment around the world. At one time Apalachicola
was the busiest port on the Gulf Coast. Port St Joe also became a major player in
cotton when the first railroad in Florida was built to move cotton. The Civil
war had a major impact on the area. Area Civil war sites include Bloody Bluff
and Ft Gadsden on the Apalachicola River and St Marks on the shores of
Apalachee Bay in Wakulla County.
Census data reports Franklin County has about a population
of 11,000. This is typical of the other counties as well. Unemployment in the
area is the third lowest in Florida.
Recreation opportunities abound. Fishing is great whether
offshore, from shore or freshwater in the rivers and estuary. Each location
along the coast has itís own fleet of sailing vessels in residence but when you sail out to Dog Island your
likely to be the only boat in the anchorage. Kayaking throughout the estuary is
very popular; ocean kayaking is also popular out around Little St. George and the
other barrier Islands.