Where in the world is……. Pine Island?
Here is a great photo of Florida taken by the International Space Station. If you look at the arrow, it shows you where Pine Island is, cool huh?
It’s a little difficult to see, and that’s because Pine Island is very rural, with a pretty strict night light code, so we don’t “glow” in the dark. At night, one can actually see the stars in the sky! As Florida islands go, Pine Island is dang near empty, not a high-rise to be seen, very little traffic and believe it or not- we don’t have one Stop light! These are all reasons we have loved living here for the past 15 years.
Just to give you some landmarks…..A nearly straight line of cities runs nearly 350 miles along the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville, Florida, to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Northern Florida –
Jacksonville can be seen on the northern Atlantic and the bright spot almost centered is Orlando. Orlando has grown from a small town (pre-mouse) to a bustling and densely populated area, home to 2.3 million people.
The Atlantic Coast-
From Orlando, head east to the Atlantic coast and you can see Kennedy Space Center and the towns of Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Vero Beach.
Continue south and the brightest continuous patch of lights on the southeastern side (Atlantic Ocean) is the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area, the largest urban area in the southeastern U.S. and home to 5.6 million people.
The Gulf Coast-
The brightest area on the Gulf Coast is Tampa Bay with a population of 2.8 million. South of Tampa is Sarasota and Bradenton and the next brightest will be Port Charlotte. Charlotte Harbor is that big dark spot!
Continue south and there is Cape Coral and Ft. Myers. You can see the Caloosahatchie River split the city of Ft. Myers, and Pine Island is there at the mouth of the river. The islands of Sanibell and Captiva are the barrier islands and barely visible as well.
The brightest lights on the southern gulf will be Naples. That bright blob just off of Naples in the Gulf is Marco Island.
From Naples the map darkens considerably to darn near no noticeable lighting at all. That would be the Everglades National Grasslands … an almost uninhabited natural wonderland.
As you can see, much of interior Florida is fairly dark which shows how sparsely inhabited it is. There are more cattle in these areas, then people!
If you would like to learn more about Pine island… give us a call! We love nothing more then teaching people all about our little piece of paradise!