Bokeelia, on the north end on Pine Island in Lee County, Florida, has a distinct tropical flavor with this view of palm trees overlooking Charlotte Harbor. This small community of less than 2,000 was home to Spanish fishing camps that served Key West and Cuba as early at 1765. In the early 1900's settlers began to arrive, raising tropical fruits and palms for sale which they do to this day. In 1916 a Maryland native and Annapolis graduate, Captain Peter Haines retired from the navy after a successful career and built a house in Bokeelia patterned after those that the government buit for its troops in the tropics.
This is a view of the Pinellas County side of Tampa Bay as seen from the south end of the swinning beach at Tampa, Florida's Picnic Island park located in Poet Tampa on May 27,2016. This park has a boat ramp, fishing pier, dog beach/park, playground, disc golf course, a number of picnic shelters, a canoe/kayak launch area, and a swimming beach. The only charge is for a picnic shelter if you want to reserve it for a large group, otherwise, everything else is free.