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By Parker Heinlein
Outdoors Columnist 

Hurricane Ian hit a familiar place


October 5, 2022

Hurricane Ian came ashore last week at a familiar spot: Cayo Costa, a barrier island on the Gulf coast of Florida.

Barb and I used to trailer a boat from Montana to Florida every spring. We’d visit my parents who were then living in St. Petersburg, and camp at various places across the state. Mom suggested we try Cayo Costa, a state park accessible only by boat.

She’d read about it in the newspaper, and like she often did, clipped and saved the story for me.

We almost didn’t find it. Launching the boat on Pine Island, we made a wrong turn out of the marina and ended up across the bay....

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