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Intro - Sun meets cultural coast

How a Road to Nowhere led to protecting Collier County's coast

By Robert V. Sobczak

Map of Rookery Bay NERR

After the panhandle, the peninsula and Lake Okeechobee ... and possibly the keys, Tampa Bay ranks high as one of the most distinctive geographic identifiers on a map of Florida. As for Sarasota Bay, it's a little harder to find. What I find interesting is that both Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay are recognized as their own NEPs, although I have a hunch that they interact quite a bit. Or maybe not. That will be one of the many topics I explore.

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