September 2008
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From Wetland to Alligator Alley

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Shawn Branson, an employee at Alligator Alley in Summerdale, entertained and educated visitors while feeding some of the alligators.

Farm Family Turns
Spring-Fed Swamp into
Thriving Tourist Attraction

Little more than a stone’s throw from the bustling beach traffic traveling Highway 59 in Summerdale lies a 20-acre cypress swamp that nearly 200 alligators call home. Alligator Alley owner Wesley Moore couldn’t be happier with that arrangement.

"Mark Twain said a man who finds a job he loves doesn’t work a day in his life, and I feel like I’m just about there," said Moore.

The farm land that has been in Moore’s family for more than 70 years always had a spring-fed swamp they utilized as a water source, but Moore saw an opportunity to take that natural gator habitat further.