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emphasized the importance he places on the time spent there with his four children. “They all have been able to experience the water and the harbor in the same way I did all my life; and they have developed the same love for this particular fish camp.”

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When Hurricane Charley devastated the area in 2004, many of the fish camps were severely damaged. But the Florida Forever Act of 1999 allows for the rebuilding of historical designated stilt homes after a disaster if they are restored to original specifications. The Willis Fish Cabin was originally built by the Punta Gorda Fishing Company as a place for Mr. Willis and his family to live while he spent time as a fisherman. This particular shack sits nearly in the center of the bay. It is the smallest of the three with two rooms, one room full of bunk beds and the other just a small kitchen and living area. It, like the others, has a low dock for parking boats, wrap around walk ways, a small back deck, an outdoor shower and Eco-friendly water systems that include a composting bathroom. With no electricity or running water, generators and fresh water are brought in for weekend and summer stays. It is a humble home to say the least but for those who are privileged to stay, it is perfect. For Captain Ron Jones, a fourth generation fisherman, the opportunity given to him by the late Jim Kelly to have ownership in one of these remarkable dwellings was one that he could not refuse. Being able to call the Willis Fish Cabin at Bull Bay his home, even if only for a weekend at a time, is special. Preserving the history of the occupation that runs through his veins and sharing the stories he grew up hearing is just a part of what makes the shack experience so extraordinary. “To be able to come here with my son is a gift,” Jones said. “These shacks are treasures that sit on top of the water instead of below it. When we come here with our friends and their children, we are living in a history lesson. And the best part is that you don't have to tell the kids how special „

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...