A Place on the Water: Alligators, Sponge Fishing and a Sacred Spit in Big Fishweir

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Ten years old, Melvin Knowles strung up the alligator he’d shot. Later, he’d go sponge fishing off Key West. And it was that spit of land in Big Fishweir Creek behind the house on Morningside that became sacred to him, the same place his daughter once rescued her cat Shadow in a storm.

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