More than 7 million visitors journey to some part of Florida's Panhandle region each year, and 4.5 million travel specifically to the 100-mile stretch between Pensacola and Panama City dubbed the Emerald Coast, where the beaches are some of the most stunning in the world, famous for their white sands and emerald waters. New construction booms are transforming the area - one of Florida's last frontiers - into an increasingly popular destination for business and pleasure. "Exploring Florida's Emerald Coast" is an engaging introduction to this unique region. In vivid narrative, Jean Bouler guides the reader through a fascinating history that includes ancient tribes and Scottish pioneers, a Civil War camp and a pirate's playground. She tours Destin, the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," and Seaside, the New Urbanist community where "The Truman Show" was filmed. Bouler discusses the importance of the eighteenth century turpentine and lumber industries, describes the development of the largest air force base in the world, and explains the area's ecological importance as the home of live oaks and a migratory stop for Monarch butterflies.
Taking readers off the main roads, she explores the nature trail at Grayton Beach and the backcountry of Rocky Bayou. Bouler explains what makes the water so green and the sand so white, and reveals why the wetlands are cherished.
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(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
University Press of Florida
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Author Biography - Jean Lufkin Bouler
Jean Lufkin Bouler is a former reporter for the Birmingham News who has vacationed in the Emerald Coast for more than twenty-five years.