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A conversation with Alice Collins—Florida’s St. George Island visionary

St. George Island lighthouse
Tom Wilmer
St. George Island lighthouse

Alice Collins and Sheila Hauser share insights about Florida’s St. George Island.


Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer on Florida’s St. George Island for a visit with Alice Collins as she celebrates her fiftieth anniversary stewarding Collins Vacation Rentals.

Alice Collins founder of Collins Vacation Rentals
Courtesy Collins Vacation Rentals
Alice Collins founder of Collins Vacation Rentals

Back in 1973 when Alice and her husband moved to the island the only way to get here was via a pint-sized car-ferry with a max capacity of nine cars—with just one round-trip daily. There were no paved roads and most of the islanders worked on the bay fishing or tending the oyster beds.

Waterfront homes St. George Island
Tom Wilmer
Waterfront homes St. George Island

St. George is still insulated from the outside world but there’s a bridge now, and vacation homes are the new driver of the local economy.

Sheila Hauser, Director of Marketing, Collins Vacation Rentals
Collins Vacation Rentals
Sheila Hauser, Director of Marketing, Collins Vacation Rentals

Come along and join Alice Collins, followed by a visit with her Director of Marketing, Sheila Hauser to discover the rest of the story--that just so happens to include St. George’s latest accolade—being named the best beach in the U.S. by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, in his yearly ranking of America's best beaches.

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Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer—winner of the Gold Lowell Thomas Award—Society of American Travel Writers

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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