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I'm a fifth gen cracker. Both my dad and I were born in tampa. He was born in 1941. When my dad was a kid, he used to go down to the river (hillsborough) and pull oysters out and eat em right there on the spot... The bay was crystal clear and covered in grass...By the time I was a kid (born 76), those days were gone. BUT, there was still 'real' and wild florida smack dab in the middle of pinellas county. There were deer roaming around and no speak of coyotes. Now, those days are gone. Most of the woods I used to explore are ALL neighborhoods now. The rest are municipal parks with paved streets, playgrounds and manicured landscapes, complete with bathroom facilities and trash collection....And guess what? It's coming to a town near you..
Big Sugar is a favorite scapegoat for some. They aren’t the boogie man though. Look to the Seminoles, the NPS, and the ESA, if you really want to know why more water isn’t already going south of the lake.
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