~“Finding Florida’s Lost City in an Orange Convertible”~

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM.

There was a young man in the parking lot who was interested in my orange convertible and we started talking.  First we talked about the car, which he knew a lot more about than I did.  He explained to me what some of the levers and knobs were.  Technically, I am a rocket scientist, but I drive an older vehicle that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles on it.

After talking about the car for a while, we started talking about Port St. Joe and the old city of St. Joseph.  The young man, probably still in high school, knew the history of St. Joseph as I am sure it is taught in local schools.  He noted that he enjoyed growing up in the area and like me, thought the folks were very nice.

On a whim, I decided to add to the story of St. Joseph.  As I told the young man about my idea, I started believing it myself.

This is what I told him.

I explained to him that the yellow fever and the hurricane were a little of the reason why folks in St. Joseph moved on, but not the whole reason. 

I continued my story, “From what I can tell, you had this large city with a lot good hard working folks who knew they had a good thing here in Florida with the weather and the nice people.  These folks all got together after they had the bout with the yellow fever and the hurricane and they had a big meeting.  They decided that these bad events were a sign that they were supposed to leave the area and travel the world and tell folks how nice it was here in Florida.”

I drug the story out for about half an hour.  The young fellow listened.

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