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Diane Bedard

Diane Bedard is an award-winning writer and member of Florida Outdoor Writer's Association (FOWA). She calls herself “Florida’s Original NatureCoaster,” having written about Florida's Nature Coast since 2004. She published Travelhost of the Nature Coast, a 54 page full color magazine, from 2004-2010. Today, Diane is the Publisher of, an online magazine. Her writing credits include Gems of the Nature Coast and, and is proud to contribute feature stories for the Hernando Times, Pasco Times, and the Hernando Sun.

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Kathy Green

Kathy Green is a boomer lucky enough to live in Old Homosassa. She travels throughout the Nature Coast and writes about her adventures on her blog, “Just a Slice of Life in Perfect” ( She also writes about sewing, quilting and gardening on her other blog, In addition, Kathy is an active member of many of the Old Homosassa community groups and designs and maintains the websites for the Old Homosassa Heritage Council, The Homosassa Civic Club, Inc., and the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival.

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Susan Strawbridge

Susan Strawbridge is an accomplished watercolor artist who specializes in Florida's natural wildlife. She is also the Park Specialist for Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and has been the marketing person for the park since before the State of Florida took it over. Susan is a kind, compassionate person and a friend to all animals. She takes the time monthly to write a feature article about what's happening at the park for

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Captain William Toney

Captain William Toney is a 4th generation fishing guide and Homosassa native. He specializes in Red Fish, Trout, and Tarpon, to just name a few. His boat is a custom built 23' Tremblay Flats Boat powered by Mercury Outboards. Capt. William Toney is a full time guide. U.S.C.G. licensed, insured and member of the Homosassa Guide's Association. His web site is and you can call him to schedule a charter at 352-422-4141

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Pat Manfredo

Pat Manfredo has a gift for making "friends" with wildlife and photographing them. She resides on Florida's Nature Coast and generously shares an image daily with the NatureCoaster community. Her daily images are archived on the Photo of the Day Archives page under the Articles Menu. Her images can be ordered by filling out the NatureCoaster contact page with what you want. Pat will get back in touch with you to take care of the details.

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Linda McKenna

Linda has spent 20+ years in the home health care industry. She is committed to providing personalized care and service when helping families make assisted living decisions. As a certified assisted living administrator and a long standing member of assisted living associations, Linda has opened Golden Rule Senior Assistance Placement Service to help seniors and their caregivers find the right fit when it's time to leave the home, and is contributing informational articles to NatureCoaster to help readers with their elderly loved ones.

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Bruce Gagliolo

Bruce and his wonderful wife Suzanne Gagliolo own "Dog Mania and Cats," a large, fun-filled pet store in Dade City, Florida. Their store's tagline is, "where pet owners scratch their itch," and the store has a great variety of toys, training aids, specialty foods and gifts for the Nature Coast dog and cat owners who love their pets. Suzanne loves to help owners with her special diet dog and cat formulas to get the pets looking and feeling their best. Bruce also has a specialty advertising business in the store where you can get photos of your pet on just about anything your mind can conceive. Stop by with your pet to visit Dog Mania and Cats in downtown Dade City.

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™

Florida's Nature Coast consists of eight counties along the Gulf of Mexico, ranging from Pasco County up to Wakulla County. covers what's happening in Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties featuring events, activities, history, people, and information about what's happening now from Zephyrhills to New Port Richey, Inverness to Crystal River - and all points in-between.

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