In July 2022, I spent a day in the charming fishing village called Matlacha, Florida. My friends and I shopped in the art galleries and enjoyed a wonderful lunch in this quirky seaside town. I took my time writing this story, long enough for life in Matlacha to turn upside down. Hurricane Ian barreled through Matlacha on September 28, destroying homes, businesses and the bridge that connected the island to the mainland.
Here’s my little story with pictures about Matlacha Before the Storm. I send prayers and positive vibes to this tiny community as they mourn, rebuild and restore. I’m grateful for this day at Matlacha.
Matlacha, Pronounced Matt La-SHAY
July 2022 –In color-soaked Florida, the tiny island town of Matlacha stands out. In a sun-parched coastal Florida landscape, it’s a jolt to drive in to Matlacha and see vibrant lime, orange and fuchsia cottages. But that’s a good kind of jolt.
Leoma Lovegrove’s Gallery and Garden
The artist Leoma Lovegrove keeps a garden behind the gallery. It’s a neon saturated homage to the Beatles, Jesus and found art. Think Cyndi Lauper meets Howard Finster and they garden and create in the blazing Florida sun and you’re halfway there.