Category Archives: Historical

Florida’s Fishing Legends and Pioneers Book Will Hook You!

P1030597 October 11th, Goose Holler’ Farm, TN.—As an Author, speaker, radio and videographer, Doug Kelly found the niche he was always looking for when he visited and then moved to the Florida keys. Although he no longer lives there, just like me; the Keys stays in your blood forever. This book explores that niche and he has done an admiral job of portraying a broad history of the men and women that found that the keys lived up to its reputation as the fishy paradise that dreams are made of for outdoor adventurer’s.

I feel lucky to have known some of these down to earth legends and at least a couple of pioneers as well. What this 336-page book allows you to do according to Doug:  “turning the pages transports you through remarkable eras and lets you trace the amazing footsteps of important personalities, colorful characters and talented experts who molded the remarkable history of sport fishing in the southernmost part of Sunshine State. Doug says that comments about the book are welcome at It’s a wonderful book!

Florida Keys Matecumbe Historical Trust Event Coming Up

APtravelnews–August 19th, the Florida Keys–Barb and I lived in the Keys for 3-decades and every summer we stressed a bit wondering if we would have to worry about the Hurricane Season! Some years were quiet, some we had to evacuate. Then for us the big cane; Andrew more than made up for all the quieter years during Hurricane Season. Thats when I became Official Photographer for FEMA, after the big cane in the early 90’s. Well, the Keys was mostly spared, but south Miami and communities south did not! It was a major calamity in the scope of Hurricane Katrina, that slammed New Orleans and surroundings!

Well, there is an old saying that goes like this: If you forget the past, don’t be surprised when you are once again presented with it in the present (or something like that). The Matecumbe Historical Trust wants to make sure that history helps remind us all that we should never take any natural disaster for granted and that it is just a matter of time before the past is repeated!