A big part of who I am is where I’m from.
Say what you will, but I am a 5th generation native Floridian, and I’m proud of my home state, warts and all.
My grandmother’s grandfather came to Pinellas County in the mid to late 1800s and helped settle the area.
My parents, my children and myself where all born in the same hospital in Clearwater.
I was born and raised on the Gulf of Mexico and I love it.
The thing about Florida is that it’s beautiful in so many different ways – pine flatwoods, rolling hills, oak scrub, cypress wetlands, wide flat beaches of the Gulf, beaches with bluffs and dunes on the Atlantic,salt marshes, mangroves, coral reefs, cities, suburbs, tiny villages, farms – so many varieties of Florida. And so many people move from “Somewhere else” and never see anywhere but where they land. They miss all the wonderful diversity of landforms, plants and animals that is this beautiful place.
The smell of Gulf water has always meant “home” to me – I may enjoy the mountains, appreciate the big cities, admire a desert, but I love the Gulf.