Florida is a fascinating place to live, but take care to separate fact from fiction.
If you live on fresh water, you will occasionally see alligators in Florida. Especially young ones.
After a gator grows to a certain size, it can be relocated to a more suitable habitat than your back yard or local golf course, by professionals with state permits. A good thing, as the occasional pet does fall victim if it gets too close to the water’s edge.
But it’s a rare event that a pet or human is bothered by an alligator. In fact, golfers just “play through” when they encounter the occasional gator on the golf course.
The best rule, and a state law, is “don’t feed the gators,” as they will learn to associate humans with food. A gator does not know the difference between a fried chicken leg and a human leg, except that the human leg is a lot bigger, of course.
If you *want* to see alligators, take the trip across Alligator Alley, which runs for 90 miles between Naples on the west coast and Fort Lauderdale on the east coast.
The Alley is a divided highway lined with fencing. On the other side of the fences are drainage canals full of — you guessed it — alligators! Big ones, too.
There are a couple of places to stop and admire the scenery from boardwalks built out into the River of Grass. But no gas stations, convenience stores, or restaurants.
So top off the tank before you go, and pack a lunch if you tend to get low blood sugar. Oh, and make sure your cell phone has a good charge.
The most common menace in Florida is the mosquito. That’s why virtually every home in the state has an outdoor room call a lanai, which is a screened in enclosure designed to keep out the mosquitos.
Pools are generally located inside the lanai, except on the east coast’s Atlantic beaches, where the strong ocean breezes keep the mosquitos inland.
While mosquitos are generally less prevalent along the beaches, they are more prevalent in tidal areas with mangroves and other low growing plant life. And especially bothersome around landlocked lakes and ponds with little water movement.
During the height of the summer, many communities spray for mosquitos, a helpful practice. And lots of lakes and ponds have fountains or recirculating pumps that keep the water moving and the mosquitos away.
Yes, the original Swamp Thing was filmed in Florida. But Swamp Thing is not a real being, only a fictional character on a 90s TV show.
Swamp Thing is not to be confused with the Florida Skunk Ape, mythical resident of the state’s vast Everglades region. The Skunk Ape is more like a cousin to Bigfoot and the Yeti.
Actually, Florida has quite an active filming schedule and it’s fairly easy to get on as an extra. Movies and TV series that need tropical settings or beach scenes frequently set up operations for weeks at a time.
Vito Bauer-Principal Realtor “Trusted Source for Homes in Southwest Florida”
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