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PINELESS COUNTY! The Treble Hooks "ketch 'em live!"

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Published on Aug 12, 2012

Pinellas county got its name when it was once described as a point of pines "Punta Pinal" by the Spanish Explorer Panfilo de Narvaez in 1528 after he discovered the peninsula around the area of Boca Ciega Bay. It was destined to become a asphalt concrete jungle and lose it's natural features and beauty as time digressed to wealthy land owners wanting to capitalize on its most prominent features in the name of progress. The area was once prided for its agriculture industry and abundant fish populations. The county has a total area of 607.67 square miles, of which 279.92 square miles is land and 327.75 square miles is water. The county is 38 miles long, and 15 miles at its broadest point with 587 miles of coastline if you include the creeks turned into drainage ditches and sea walled wet lands filled in for developement and registered as flood zones. Every Municipality in the county has water restrictions for lawns because the water supply is mostly pumped in from other areas of the state from a result of over pumping of the Floridan Aquifer. Unfortunately we continue to develop the rest of the state at an alarming rate without the thorough thought from most of our elected and more often than knot bought legislators across the state. The 279.92 square miles of developed land mass serves as a residence to nearly one million people. It is the most densely populated area in the state of Florida with one of the largest population of growing homeless people in the country. In some eyes it has gotten so bad they have had to legislate laws to prevent the misfortunate from panhandling on street corners. Tourism is the number one industry as people love to visit the white sandy beaches and the 5 star hotels adorning the western coastline and now threatened by the promise of offshore oil wells. "The lights are bright, the shorelines slim, the Loggerheads future sure looks dim..." Peace on and offshore, Treble Hook

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