headers Colby landing

Imagined

More than fifty years ago the dam began flooding thousands of acres of forest. Since that time there have been many changes and both cultural and economic shifts in the area around the dam. The interstate system redirected tourists to different destinations. Families who had made a life along the river moved away and small property owners replaced larger ones. Communities adjusted as the focus of the river changed, and new businesses have replaced old ones. Cities along the river would have been much different with the Cross Florida Barge Canal, but cities may also be much different with a restored river. This map shows both existing amenities and visions of what “could be” along the banks of either a restored river, a partially restored river, and with economic investment.