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PHOTO - Fresh Fish and Rust in Matlacha on Pine Island

Matlacha on Pine Island is unlike anywhere else on earth.  Fresh fish, gobs of pastel paint and rusting metal -- all rolled up into a modern-day psychedelic hippie fish camp where artists, tourists, bikers, conservationists, historians, musicians, drunks and tourists all compose a colorful melody hummed in the key of life.  Currently, construction has made an open sore of the fishingest bridge in the world...but progress towards the future is a battle constantly being debated and waged in this paradise of vivid contrasts.  Next time you get the urge for altered consciousness, skip the drugs and head up Pine Island Road, instead.

Fresh Crabs and Rust on Matlacha

-- photography and writing by Eric Taubert

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