Watching the sunrise on the beach during sea turtle nesting season-or any other day for that matter-always has me catching my breath because it is such a stunning way to start my day.

Going down the beach looking for new nest activity fills me with anticipation of what the next turn may reveal. In addition, I have the pleasure of talking to all our visitors that walk the beach every morning and I share my morning information with them too.

I love the smell of the ocean and the salt air. There are days that I have to pinch myself to make sure this is not a dream. I am so blessed to be a part of this.

After the beach walk there is nothing better than going to Lighthouse Café for breakfast. If you have not tried their fresh squeezed juice you are truly missing out. My wife loves the watermelon and I love pineapple. I enjoy the view of both the beach and the lighthouse at this spot.

Next stop is the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. Going there gives me the opportunity to talk to more park visitors. There is so much history here, I love sharing the stories and events that have taken place over the years. Surprisingly, not everyone knows that the Lighthouse is the oldest historic structure in Miami Dade and I am very proud to be the one that has been entrusted to take care of it.

As I continue traveling the park I stop by the fishing piers and see what everyone is catching and listen to some fish stories they like to share (like the one that got away). I have seen visitors catch so many different species of fish that sometimes, even I am not sure what type of fish it is so it’s a learning experience for me too. Continuing on to the harbor gives me a chance to talk to our boat campers, I am always looking for ways we can improve upon our offered services.

When I have guests in town the Boaters Grill has an awesome menu and view which is sure to please everyone. My wife and I love to stop in during the evenings, order some appetizers, then go sit and watch the sunset.

The sunsets at the park are some of the most spectacular sunsets you will see. So, if you wonder why there is a line to get inside the park between 4:30 and 5:00 it’s because the word is out. I suggest you go to Area D in the park for the best sunsets. I watch almost every night and I am sure that my friends would agree they have seen more than enough sunset pictures posted by me. This special place rejuvenates me and it’s all thanks to one person’s vision, Mr. Baggs. I will always be grateful to him.

Speaking of Bill Baggs we are approaching 50 years of the park named in his honor. In 1969 the State Park was named after him and is now protected from development. I look forward to seeing our community here that night for our celebration to thank everyone for their continued support!

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