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A fishing village emerges
Matlacha was a community based upon the livelihood of mullet fishing. In 1992, after a Florida referendum, mullet nets were banned. The government bought out the nets and the fishermen were left without a livelihood. They sold or abandoned their shacks. They burned or shot wholes in their boats in anger. Gradually, the artists and small, family-owned restaurants moved in to create a quaint and close-knit community. There is a shortage of parking spaces but lots of room for small boats. The shacks are now painted bright colors and many are art boutiques.
Matlacha is known for some of the best fishing in the world with a great variety of species. Also, known for the world's first bed and breakfast combination kayak fishing resort called the Sun and Moon Inn frequently described in travel articles.