Thursday, March 10, 2011

Florida Swamps and the Top 10 Beaches of the Caribbean

There has been great excitement over the reopening of the Barley Barber Swamp, located in western Martin County, Florida. This pristine watershed, once a part of the vast Bald Cypress Forest, is a 450 acre parcel of land surrounded by Florida Power & Light’s Martin County power plant. Acquired in 1972 to build the power plant, the area was dedicated to be preserved and enhanced and served as a major eco-tourism attraction for many businesses located in Indiantown. After 9/11, the area was closed for security reasons. Florida Power & Light, and the Treasure Lands Foundation worked together to restore and now maintain the land for public enjoyment. Treasured Lands Foundation executive director Charles Barrowclough will join us this week to share with our listeners what impact this reopening has had on western Martin County and how it enhances the Treasure Coast as a tourism destination. It's hard for some of us to believe, but the park has 1,000-year-old trees and a whole lot more. Put on your back pack and lace up your hiking shoes for a great adventure in the Barley Barber Swamp!

After the swamp, we'll fly on over to the Caribbean. Radio Man and History Lady have packed their flip flops, beach towels, sun glasses and sunscreen to better judge the top Caribbean beaches of 2011. So, according to Frommer’s, which beach is number one:  Cane Garden Bay in the British Virgin Islands, Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman or Diamond Beach in Martinique?

All this and more on this week’s edition of Talkin’ Tourism on Florida’s Treasure Coast (and Beyond!). And, who knows, time permitting, we may even talk about the proposed idea of constructing golf courses in Florida state parks.

Tune your radio dial to WPSL 1590 AM or your Internet browser to on Friday at 10:05 a.m. for the fun, maybe a little controversy, and lots of real infotainment!

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