Since the Lost Summer of 2013 and the super bloom of 2011-2013, the counties from the south and to the north along the Indian River Lagoon have been “coming together.” The more unified we are, the better we can protect, improve, and negotiate with our legislature for our waters. The revamped National Estuary Program of the Indian River Lagoon, under the leadership of Martin County Commissioner Ed Fielding, is proof of this and a great hope for a better future. (http://itsyourlagoon.com)
Of course the irony of it all is that the counties along the Indian River were once “one,” under the flag of “Mosquito County…”
Such a fitting name….Too bad they exterminated the name for tourism. I like it.
I remember mosquitoes well. As I have written about before, one of our great joys as kids growing up in Stuart in the 1960s and 70s was riding our bikes behind the mosquito spray truck as it drove by just about every evening…. 🙂
Mosquito County was formed in 1824 and compromised most of east Florida including Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St Lucie, Martin, Seminole, Osceola, Orange, Lake, and Polk counties.
Apparently from 1500 until 1844 the east coast of Florida was known as “Los Musquitos…”
I think it is important to remember we all have been connected for a long, long, time and that we are still connected today through our waterways, the St Lucie, the Indian River Lagoon, and really also the St Johns– if its headwaters had not been directed south through C-25…We must also recall that although during rainy times the native peoples and pioneers documented traveling through the St Johns into the Indian River —our waterways were never naturally connected to Lake Okeechobee…
USF Maps: (http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/pages/4100/f4176/f4176.htm)
Mosquito County history: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito_County,_Florida)