While the phrase the Coast is Clear may take on new meaning this year with the end of lockdowns and the beginning of more freedoms, for me it’s a reminder of a Mother’s Day trip a few years ago along Florida’s Forgotten Coast.
Florida’s Northwest coast rarely draws crowds or headlines like Miami on Florida’s East coast. Perhaps that is why it is called The Forgotten Coast.
Its unspoiled, pristine white sand and turquoise waters lure young and old. A few miles south of Tallahassee, the Forgotten Coast lays claim to some of the most spectacular beaches.
Its miles and miles of shallow beaches have imperiled past explorers and mariners.
Built in 1895, the Crooked River Lighthouse was constructed to support the lumber industry. Located in Carrabelle, the 103 foot iron tower overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
When Cape San Blas Lighthouse was first proposed in 1830 it was rejected as a “useless expenditure.” A storm destroyed the first lighthouse. Two other lighthouses suffered a similar fate.
After falling in the Gulf of Mexico, Cape St. George Lighthouse was restored in 2011 with the support of the local community, state and federal governments. The current lighthouse was constructed from the remains of the second lighthouse in 1852.