To live the “citrus life” along St.  The Johns River is not always easy

To live the “citrus life” along St. The Johns River is not always easy

By Lynette L. Walther

To live the “citrus life” along St.  The Johns River is not always easy

Moritani Point is a tip of the earth that juts out into St. Johns River on the northeastern edge of Carman Cove. It sits where the great northbound river opens just beyond the point, turns north, and spreads for miles with swamps on each side. But the point lies high and dry over the sluggish brown river and has no doubt welcomed humans and animals for centuries.

We know that the earliest inhabitants of this area – who left fragments and pieces of their ancient pottery at low tide – found the point pleasant because of the prevailing winds that arrive like a clockwork from the shore and cool it in the summer, and the river is warm water flowing from the south, protecting it in winter. We have lived here for more than four decades.

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