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Easygoing Longboat Key Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World
January 2010

A thin sliver of land nestled between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the island of Longboat Key often flies under the radar. You won’t find mini-malls or glaring neon signs. On LBK - its shorthand moniker- the traffic is light and life moves at a slower pace.

Wrapped in this coastal paradise, it is easy to forget LBK’s accessibility to nearby Sarasota and the Tampa Bay region. It’s less than 11 miles in length, no more than a mile across in its widest places, and manatees and dolphins regularly swim just offshore. Great egrets and great blue herons fish along the beach while pelicans dive into the water in search of a meal. A variety of shorebirds find sanctuary here.

 
A Getaway to Sullivan's Island Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World
April 2010

The Sullivan's Island that greeted 18-year old Edgar Allan Poe was remote and uninhabited. In 1827 Poe was bound for his Army post at Ft. Moultrie, which stood guard at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, protecting the city from buccaneers, the British and Yankees.

It was also the setting of Poe's short story "The Gold-Bug". These days on the three-milelong barrier island you'll find Victorian cottages, quaint shops and seafood restaurants, a lighthouse and a Revolutionary War fort. It’s a perfect destination for people to relax and indulge.

One of the prettiest beach community retreats on the South Carolina coast, Sullivan Island offers visitors and residents a stroll down Middle Street in the small downtown district featuring boutiques, low country and fine dining restaurants and one-of-a-kind watering holes. There are no flashing neon signs and shopping malls, zero golf courses and not even a stoplight.

 
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