The Unlikely Parks of Tampa Bay: A Scenic History

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Consider these improbable vistas found along the shores of Tampa Bay—an abandoned island fortress stands guard over a federally-designated bird sanctuary. The remains of a ruined cross-bay bridge are repurposed into one of the best fishing spots in the bay. A failed movie studio serves as the backlot to a thriving intertidal mangrove forest. An active power plant provides the region’s most reliable refuge for vulnerable manatees. From Philippe Park to Fort DeSoto, from Boyd Hill to Weedon Island, from the Skyway Fishing Pier to Big Bend Manatee Viewing Center, The Unlikely Parks of Tampa Bay: A Scenic History offers a rousing look at the roundabout backstories behind ten of the region’s most beloved natural spaces. Featuring more than 130 stunning photos, it is also a reminder—in case you needed it—that wild Florida is very much alive in Tampa Bay.
ISBN: 9781634993548
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Florida
Series: America Through Time
Images: 136
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
THOMAS KENNING is an author, educator, and adventurer. As a writer and photographer, he is passionate about documenting the vibrant history and spectacular ecosystems of the Sunshine State. When he’s not travelling to some far-flung corner of the Earth, Thomas resides with his wife and daughter—planning his next improbable adventure, sure, but also trying to leave the planet a little bit nicer than he found it.
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