We often forget about the towns in Southwest Florida that surround Fort Myers and Naples. When we look for stories to tell, It’s crucial for us to keep in mind the areas that make our part of Florida so unique. I’m talking about Immokalee, Labelle, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, and in the case of this story, a small town close to Okeechobee called Palmdale.
We came across Gatorama, an alligator farm and tourist attraction that has more than 2,000 alligators and crocodiles. I walked in the farm and was immediately greeted by the owner Patty, whose energy and vibrancy made me feel welcomed. You have to meet her.
Patty gave me a tour of the facility and challenged me to feed “Goliath”, their biggest and oldest crocodile. Probably one of the scariest things I’ve done. In this video, Patty and her husband Allen tells us how Gatorama started, and why it is here to stay. This place is one of Southwest Florida best-hidden gems.”
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