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Three of these historically registered wooden stilt homes are perched proudly above the shallow backwaters of Bull Bay: the Willis Fish Cabin, the West Coast Fish Company Residential Cabin (bunkhouse) and the Icing Station at Bull Bay. When you head inland from Boca Grande toward Charlotte Harbor you pass by Bull Bay, a peaceful little bay traveled only by those who know the waters well enough to not run aground during low tides. Surrounded by mangroves and steeped in history, this otherwise ordinary bay is made extraordinary by its residences. Scattered across the bay are the three fish camps, similar in their history but all having a very different story to tell. Sided in cypress that has weathered into the perfect shade of gray, they are topped with tin, surrounded by docks and, on most weekends, they are filled with laughter and stories. In the early 1900s, fishing was a thriving industry in Charlotte and Lee Counties. Established in 1897, the Punta Gorda Fishing Company operated 140 boats and employed 230 at their offshore fisheries. Ice houses and residential fishing cabins were built to support the industry. „

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Heartland Living August September Issue 2015  

Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...

Heartland Living August September Issue 2015  

Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...