Four ports serviced the early Florida settlers, bringing them goods and exporting there citrus and cattle:
Cedar Key, Port Inglis, Tampa Bay and Boca Grande.
The Port at Tampa was a sleepy fishing port till phosphate was discovered and mined nearby along the Alafia River. The channel was dredged several times and large phosphate elevators lined the docks.
Today the winter mansions of the wealthy line the Gulf coast at Boca Grande at the mouth of the great Charlotte Bay and Peace and Myakka Rivers. Years earlier phosphate bins lined the skyline and large ships taking phosphate abroad filled the waters.
Ships at Port Inglis