The last sunset of 2009, was a good one. The blue moon was even better. It was slick calm. You could have skipped a rock to Mexico. I have been busy helping orchestrate a photo shoot for a magazine. The early morning light and sunrises have been, “stop the boat, stunning.” Cabbage Key is always fun to visit; it is a small 100 acre Island that you can only get to by boat. This week I was up there early in the morning, for breakfast. Cabbage Key is very old Florida, and a favorite destination for boaters from all over. The restaurant was built in the 1920’s as a house, then later turned into a restaurant. The interesting thing with Cabbage is the atmosphere. You never know who you may run into, someone running from the law, or someone who is the law.

Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

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