Historic Tales of Gasparilla Island

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Natural beauty and the sportfishing life brought the Cabots, Vanderbilts and Du Ponts to this island paradise, where local fishing families danced, ate and drank with the rich and famous at their castles on the beach. As the wealthy played, they relied on locals for everything from fishing charters to literally laundering and ironing their money. These are tales of 1920s rum smugglers whose offspring smuggled marijuana in the 1970s, a woman who caught 236 tarpon in one season and a bar owner whose Pink Elephant restaurant fed American presidents. James Bond’s Goldfinger even has a part as an island player. From Placida to Boca Grande Pass to Cabbage Key, fourth-generation Gasparilla Islander David Futch offers a wild ride with Bull Bay hermits and billionaires.
ISBN: 9781467151702
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 42
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
David Futch is a fourth-generation Gasparilla Islander. After graduating from the University of Florida, Futch covered government and politics in Florida, Alaska and California. He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his adored wife, Sally Stewart.
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