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And the skeeters gobbled up the bats!

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Title:
And the skeeters gobbled up the bats!
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Bats -- Housing -- Florida -- Florida Keys   ( lcsh )
Mosquitoes -- Florida -- Florida Keys   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Florida Keys (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the bat towers in the Sugar Loaf Key.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed Aug. 3, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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University of South Florida Library
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University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002222593
oclc - 652093993
usfldc doi - D33-0232
usfldc handle - d33.232
System ID:
SFS0000613:00001


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-n03AND THE SKEETERS GOBBLED UP THE BATS! By HAMPTON DUNN SUGAR LOAF SHORES --Through scientific mosquito control, man finally has conquered his most vicious opponent here on this idyliic spot on the Florida Keys not too far away from Key West. A picturesque tropical community has developed here where once the pesky skeeter made life unbearable for human beings. A continuing reminder of those bygone days provides a unique historic landmark. It's an odd-shaped structure built many years ago as a motel for bats who were invited to come to Sugar Loaf Key and feast on all those fat mosquitoes. But, alas, the bats were let out of their fine home and disappeared. Legend has it that the skeeters themselves gobbled up the 1,000 imported bats. And that was that. Sugar Loaf Key, which gets its name from an Indian midden which resembled an old fashioned sugar loaf, has a colorful history dating back to about 1910. At that time, Miami Beach had less than 600 residents and Key West was a flourishing city with some 25,000 souls. A man named C. W. Chase came here and started a sponge farm. Other spongers swiped his crops and he sold his property to Richter C. Perky, a financier from Kansas City, Mo. The native mosquitoes didn't like human company, except for a banquet table. And Perky was their kind of meat. A writer who visited the tiny isle reported the mosquitoes "possessed a sixth sense when it came to anticipating the imminent approach of tender northern human pelts upon which to quench their sanguine thirst." Perky went ahead and built a large restaurant, a gambling casino, cottages -and two bat towers! Those towers were the idea of a visitor from New Jersey, a professor who sold Perky on the idea that the bats could board in them and devour the pests. The tall 50-foot tower, of obelisk shape, offered a quaint conversation piece for those coming this way. Bats were imported from Cuba, but two batches of them escaped and Perky gave up his experiment. The remaining tower today stands just off U.S. 1, the lifeline highway through the Florida Keys.

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