I live in Longboat Key, Florida. The town took its name from the boat that Hernando DeSoto manned in 1539 when he visited the key with Juan Anasco, his scout. I think that’s kind of funny. It would be like me driving my Taurus through an uninhabited seaside area and naming it “Taurus Beach.”
Before Longboat Key had its name, the Timucuan and Caloosa Indians took their vacations here for centuries. Archaeologists have found shell mounds indicating that fish fries and picnics took place here frequently.
Though I have seen plenty of picnickers and fish fryers carrying on this Native American tradition, I have yet to see anyone in a longboat on Longboat Key. I’m sure someone here must own one, but they probably stick to their private beach area.