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Updated: 12/07/2017 08:30:01AM

Love your boat (or else)

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By Capt. Billy Barton

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If you walked up to 87 percent of out-of-towners currently visiting our area and you asked them the first three words that come to mind when you think of Southwest Florida, I’d bet “sunshine,” “beach” and “boat” would be at the top of your list of answers.

I’d also bet more than 50 percent of our residents who moved here from other places came here to visit on vacation before deciding to transplant themselves. And if you asked those former vacationers how many of them came here to spend time on or around the water — again, I’d bet it’s over 50 percent.

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